Turkey’s first nationwide state of emergency since the 1980s has started, opening concerns for some that the move could lead to deep repression. Nathan Frandino reports.
Jitters in Turkey as state of emergency begins
It’s Turkey’s first day under a state of emergency, and the Turkish Youth Association is in full support.
They are demanding swift action against the coup plotters AND supporters of exiled cleric and accused coup leader Fethullah Gulen.
Some 60,000 people have already been rounded up since last week’s failed coup.
And many here hope the crackdown continues.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY STUDENT, ISIK GUN AKFIRAT, SAYING:
“They bombed our national assembly. They killed our people. They smashed our people with tanks. And, we stand against this.”
The government says the state of emergency is aimed at preventing another coup attempt.
It will allow the president and cabinet to bypass parliament by enacting new laws.
The administration will also be able to limit or suspend rights and freedoms as they deem necessary… a move that has split some Ankara residents.
(SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ANKARA RESIDENT, HASAN TAYYAR, SAYING:
“I think it could make things worse in a country where we have no freedoms. We will probably have less freedoms and (more) dominance.”
(SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ANKARA RESIDENT, MEHMET YUCEL, SAYING:
“I think this is the right move under the current circumstances. We are going through difficult times. What happened is very wrong regardless of whether we love and support the ruling party or not.”
The government denies there will be a return to the repression of the past, though with torture allegations already surfacing, many wonder whether the rule of law will be subverted in the name of state security.