20 September 2012 /FEHMİ KORU STAR
Former Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal has complained about the public’s approbation for current party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s visit to the grave of former Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, who was executed after the May 27, 1960 coup, an act against the party’s old pro-coup image.
Baykal says the CHP was against the execution of Menderes and his friends at the time. Menderes’ saddest memory about that period was that he and his mother went to then-CHP leader İsmet İnönü’s house to ask for his help to avert the planned executions. İnönü, who was preparing to become prime minister at the time, told the two who were worried about losing their most precious thing, Menderes’ life, that he could do nothing about it. Then the perpetrators of the 1960 coup handed the government to the CHP two months after the executions. In conclusion, claims that the CHP stood against the executions do not reflect the truth.