Thursday, 27 July, 2017

Turkey extends state of emergency by further three months

Turkey state of emergency Turkey extends state of emergency by further three months
Melinda Barton | 18 July, 2017, 03:38

The government asked parliament to extend it for a fourth time and the proposal was approved by the assembly, where President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party has a comfortable majority.

About 250 people were killed and more than 2,000 others injured last year when a disgruntled army faction commandeered tanks and warplanes in a bid to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after 15 years in power. "I spoke to the prime minister and ... when they appear in court, let's make them appear in uniform suits like in Guantanamo".

He was addressing a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of the coup attempt on July 15, 2016, in Turkey, held here at Shaheen Complex today. The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) strongly oppose the state of emergency.

The government accused the coup leaders of being linked to the Gülen movement, which is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey and led by Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish businessman and cleric who lives in Pennsylvania.

Washington has thus far resisted calls from Turkish authorities to extradite Gulen.

"No investigations have been made into how this terror organisation got to such a daring point within the state, how it was placed there to attempt a coup, and new information was covered up", he said.

The extension will take effect from Wednesday at 01:00 a.m. (2200 GMT, Tuesday), state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Tens of thousands of people have been dismissed or detained from the civil service, police, military, judiciary, media and academia, and rights activists have been repeatedly detained.