How does it feel to live in Turkey right now?


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❝ Turkey, once held up as an exemplar of secular democracy in the Muslim world, is now the world’s biggest prison for journalists. Since he came to power in 2014, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slowly tightened his grip on freedom of expression, choking his critics.

❝ Editors of national newspapers now face life sentences for working “against the state”. People have been arrested for Facebook posts criticising the government and last week over 4,400 public servants were sacked in an act branded by critics as a witchhunt targeting the political opposition.

❝ Meanwhile Erdoğan has maintained cordial diplomatic relations with global leaders including Donald Trump, Theresa May and Vladimir Putin, and hopes to extend his constitutional powers with a referendum on 16 April.

This short GUARDIAN article ends with a question needing to be directed at a nation getting ready to decide on the transition from autocratic leadership to fascist control. The editors elicit comments from residents of Turkey about how life has been changing. And includes special methods to guarantee anonymity. Which I recommend to our readers in Turkey.

Something to think about, eh?

2 thoughts on “How does it feel to live in Turkey right now?

  1. Iyi şanslar says:

    Marking a year since the abortive coup attempt of July 15, 2016, Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan struck a fiercely nationalistic tone in speeches where he saluted his followers, issued menacing threats at opponents deemed “traitors,” and disparaged NATO partners in Europe whose relationship with Ankara has grown increasingly complicated. http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Erdogan-Behead-Traitors-Bring-Back-Death-Penalty–20170716-0020.html Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters who flooded the streets of Istanbul Saturday, Erdogan cautioned against those who continue to plot to undermine Turkey’s national unity, even going so far as spurring his base to violently confront perceived enemies he called “terrorists.” “We know who is behind these terrorists,” he added. “However, there’s also the fact that if you do not combat and fight against these pieces we cannot fight and overcome those who are manipulating them. Therefore, we are going to behead these traitors.”
    Under the emergency rule, the president and cabinet can bypass parliament in passing new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms as they deem necessary. In a referendum in April, Turks narrowly voted in favour of changing the constitution to grant Erdogan sweeping new powers. About 50,000 people remain jailed pending trial and some 150,000 state workers, including teachers, judges and soldiers, have been suspended. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said the year-old state of emergency could only be lifted once the fight against terrorism was finished.

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