Cumhuriyet reporter Orhan Bursalı made the following remarks as to why there weren’t mass protests the night of the referendum, “There could have been bloody confrontations there. We didn’t want to bear the brunt of responsibility and we decided not to go. If we had gone, there would have have been an entirely different outcome. We know the energy of a crowd and we evaluated the cost of a fallout. But, I’m at peace with the decision.”
Bursalı also cited provocation from well-known journalist, Cem Küçük, the night of the referendum when he tweeted that people who were armed should go out onto the streets.
Bursalı’s comments mirror remarks made by Kemal Kiliçdaroğlu, the leader of opposition party CHP. Kiliçdaroğlu alleged that the reason he did not protest the night of last month’s referendum – whose results continue to be contested – was that there were armed AKP supporters.