Turks grow increasingly restive over Erdogan's crackdowns in year after coup attempt

Geneva Matthews
July 15, 2017

On 15 July 2016, a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces that organized themselves as the "Peace at Home Council" attempted a coup d'état in Turkey against state institutions, including, but not limited to the government and president.

Turkey's government is looking to extend the ongoing state of emergency by another three months, the prime minister said on Friday ahead of the anniversary of the failed coup a year ago. He once backed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but the pair have since become bitter rivals.

In a separate operation, police detained 14 non-commissioned army officers early on Wednesday in six provinces in an investigation into the coup attempt, Dogan news agency said. "At the sight of fighter jets flying over Ankara and Istanbul, we knew something was wrong", he said.

The demonstration was in response to the widespread jailings and dismissals authorised by the Turkish government after last year's failed coup attempt.

"Most people don't appreciate the fact that the principles of law are being violated", said Ilter Turan, a professor of political science at Bilgi University in Istanbul. Even recently they did it during the [justice] march. "We are comfortable", he said.

The protesters have issued a series of demands that include restoring parliament's authority, lifting the state of emergency, re-establishing judicial independence and releasing detainees.

The commemorations are billed as tributes to the "epic heroism" of the Turkish people who fought and, in 250 cases, died to protect the country's democracy. "If Erdogan is hindered from roaming around in Europe and influencing European countries the way he wants, then I hope that this will affect his politics", he said as quoted by Independent. It is one of the many works to keep the memory of the martyrs alive.

"The EU is not indispensable for us".

Erdoğan is scheduled later to depart for Ankara where he will address the parliament at 2.32 a.m., the time the parliament was bombed on the night of the coup attempt.

Erdogan said the Turks did not "want the European Union anymore" and believed its approach to Turkey was "insincere".

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