Power’s always swung between mosques and military. But the brutality of this clampdown is at a new level – and I’ve been jailed before. We need Europe’s helpThe coup attempt took place on a Friday night. By Sunday evening a list of 73 journalists to be arrested had been leaked by a pro-government social media account. My name was at the top.
Turkey shuts down 15 universities, 934 schools, 104 foundations, 109 dormitories, 35 hospitals, 1,125 associations, 19 unions today.
— Mahir Zeynalov (@MahirZeynalov) July 23, 2016
Turkey: Erdogan signs decree to close 1043 private schools, 1229 charities and foundations, 19 unions, 15 universities over Gulen links.
— Piotr Zalewski (@p_zalewski) July 23, 2016
President decries intelligence failures ahead of coup attempt and promises swift military restructure
The European Union has expressed its concern at Turkey’s decision to impose a three-month state of emergency as the country’s president revealed the armed forces would quickly be restructured and “get fresh blood”.
Rights groups say academics may flee, and government says apparent mistreatment of detainees raises troubling questions
German authorities believe there is a growing likelihood that thousands of Turks could apply for political asylum in the coming weeks or months, potentially creating a new influx of refugees this summer.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also uses state of emergency powers granted after coup attempt to extend detention period of criminal suspects
The construct of ‘the people’ thrives on and demands homogeneity of values and unity of purpose and banishes diversity and difference to the realm of the evil ‘other’.
Supporters of Turkish President Erdogan at a rally in Kizilay main square, in Ankara, July 20, 2016. Hussein Malla /Press Association. All rights reserved.The morning of Saturday 16 July, the sun rose over a different Turkey.
Can and should NATO learn from the EU?
When a group within the Turkish military attempted a coup to overthrow the current government under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) last Friday, the world knew that chaotic times will be ahead. This was however not the first coup d’état in Turkish history. While Erdoğan is now ‘able to do whatever he wants’ and working on restoring his power in Turkey, it would be interesting to see how the international community deals with the country. And even more striking would be to see and hear the reactions by the two organisations most important for Turkey, NATO and the EU. The lack of NATO’s responses and measures suggest that it may have to learn a lesson from its counterpart, the EU.
Turkey’s failed coup is likely to reinforce the illiberal democracy emerging under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in which majoritarian rule runs counter to pluralism, human rights, and freedom of speech. The stability of such a system in Turkey – where hostility to Erdoğan is strong – remains to be seen.