President Erdogan of Turkey has declared a three month state of emergency in Turkey. The number of those arrested in Turkey has now gone past 50000, and with the extra emergency powers that number will continue to increase. Erdogan is carrying out a purge, a “crackdown of exceptional proportions” as described by Amnesty International. A third of all generals in the military have been arrested. Furthermore, those arrested are being held in quite harsh conditions with evidence of beatings clearly visible on prisoners. All this contributes to an atmosphere of fear in Turkey, and as discussed yesterday this will lead to increasing polarization in the country, perhaps to dangerous levels. Erdogan’s use of the coup to thoroughly crush dissent and his increasing authoritarianism will lead to further unrest in the country. This will be expressed through street demonstrations and protests in the coming months.
Thats all on this story I have for now, but I do have a few housekeeping things I would like to mention. I am currently on vacation, and while the coup attempt in Turkey was too important to not write about, for the next two weeks or so posts will be sparse. But starting in the beginning of August I hope to post more frequently. Also, as a reminder to my readers, I have an email for the site where you can ask questions or make suggestions for content. Please make use of it in addition to the sharing buttons at the bottom of every post. Thank you!