Erdoğan’s security package will make Turkey a police state, opposition leader says

A controversial domestic security package draft code, which is set to come to parliament this week, would turn Turkey in to a “police state,” according Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli.
The government has vehemently defended its contentious new security bill, which is set to be on parliament’s agenda on Feb. 4, amid strict objections from all opposition parties, who argue that the bill signals a return to the “police state” in Turkey.
HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş has called on the other two opposition parties to “block parliament” in order to prevent the voting on a contentious new security package, set for this week
In a rare occasion, all three opposition parties have reacted in a similar way to a new domestic security bill drafted by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) and expected to be submitted to parliament’s General Assembly this week.
The Savings Deposit Insurance Fund seized 63 percent of Bank Asya shortly after the banking watchdog ruled in favour of its seizure

 

 

Turkey revokes passport of exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen

 

  • President Erdogan has accused Gulen of trying to set up ‘parallel state’
  • US-based Gulen says Erdogan is leading Turkey towards totalitarianism

The Turkish government has cancelled the passport of ally-turned-foe Fethullah Gulen, local media reported on Tuesday, the latest salvo in a bitter feud between the US-based Muslim cleric and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

 

Fethullah Gulen: Turkey’s Eroding Democracy

nytimes.com – Fethullah Gulen – Feb 3 – SAYLORSBURG, Pa. — It is deeply disappointing to see what has become of Turkey in the last few years. Not long ago, it was the envy of Muslim-majority countries: a viable candidate for the European Union on its path to becoming a functioning…

 

What Turned Erdogan Against the West?
U.S. News & World Report
In the same era, the argument that Turkey should move closer to Russia instead of the EU was promoted by neonationalist generals, who would be implicated in the alleged Ergenekoncoup plot to overthrow the AKP. Mourners gather for the funeral of four .

 

Turkish women have no representation in high judiciary anymore: Main opposition party

CHP Vice Chairman Sezgin Tanrıkulu has said women lack representation at the Constitutional Court, following the retirement of the sole female at the court due to a restriction on age.

Yeşinil Yeşilyurt, an advocate, acquitted from charges related to “praising crime and criminals” when she had a souvenir photo during Turkey’s Gezi
The European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey to pay 3,333 euros in the case of Bayar and Gürbüz in which Turkey convicted former owner and editor of the daily newspaper Ülkede Özgür Gündem for publishing statements by a PKK leader.

Resistance in 2013.

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