Erdogan: "CHP is a Trojan horse placed in Turkey"
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan targeted the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) in a speech on Saturday, saying that CHP is "a Trojan horse" placed in Turkey by imperialist powers.
Speaking in a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the central Anatolian city of Konya, Erdogan said:
"In no western democracy, which they [CHP officials] take as model, you can meet a political figure whose mission is to carry out fifth column policies. Thus we say that CHP, in the hands of the current officials, is a Trojan horse placed in Turkey. This is why we say that CHP is an instrument of the imperialists."
Erdogan also announced in his speech that Turkish-made armed drone "Red Apple" will be in serial production by the end of 2023.
The drone is named after the legend of Red Apple that symbolized the ultimate goal of conquest for the Ottomans, and which allegedly became popular among Ottoman troops following the conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453. The symbol was incorporated by Ottoman writer, poet and sociologist Ziya Gokalp - who by his works inspired a pan-Turkic identity - in Turanism. Gokalp said in his 1911 poem Turan: "For the Turks, Fatherland means neither Turkey, nor Turkestan / Fatherland is a large and eternal country, Turan!"
Erdogan had said in the first days of Turkish military's 2018 campaign - dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" - to invade the Kurdish majority city of Afrin in Northern Syria:
"The answer to the question where we are headed for is, 'Red Apple.' Yes, we have a Red Apple (...) We are headed towards that objective."