A Turkish court on Monday announced verdicts and long prison sentences for dozens of defendants in the so-called ‘Ergenekon’ plot to overthrow the government. The rulings expose how uncertain and divided the country is.
Ergenekon is the name of a valley in the east of Turkey. Legend has it that the few Turks who survived a disastrous defeat fled there, grew into a strong nation and emerged under the leadership of a gray wolf to found a great empire. Many secular nationalists like the story. The wolf is their emblem.