Source: News Bharati English06 Oct 2016 16:08:10
Istanbul/Ankara, Oct 6: After the failed coup in July this year, the Turkish authorities have suspended nearly 13,000 police officers, detained many air force officials and shut down a Kurdish TV station on Tuesday as the state of emergency ordered by President RecepTayyip Erdogan is extended for another 90 days.
This crackdown has affected the economy of the nation with the currency sliding and growth prospects cut.
The Turkish authorities have already detained some 76000 people and arrested some 16000 in the recent weeks on suspicion of their links with Fethullah Gulen’s movement. So far, over 100,000 people have also been interrogated.
According to agency reports, the Turkish police said that 12,801 officers, including 2,523 chiefs, were suspended because of suspected links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating the coup that left 240 people dead.
The suspensions were ordered hours after Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced that the cabinet had approved a 90-day extension to the current state of emergency, renewing President Tayyip Erdoğan's powers to govern by decree at least until January.
The emergency extension, which parliamentary is likely to wave through, means Erdoğan can take decisions without an oversight of the Constitutional Court, Turkey's highest legal body.
As well as suspending and arresting members of the police force, the authorities stopped TV station IMC from broadcasting following accusations of spreading "terrorist propaganda".
One of the police officers suspended on Tuesday, a 26-year-old man, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in a park in the Mediterranean city of Mersin.
The new crackdown follows a series of purges, convictions and attacks against critical voices, dissenters, opponents, intellectuals, soldiers, government officials and ordinary citizens after the failed 15 July coup.
In a further sign of the government's desire to move rapidly to quell domestic opposition, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the judicial process needed to be speeded up, especially when it came to prosecuting those accused of backing the coup.
The warning applies to defendants accused of supporting in various ways the attempted coup as well as those who are pushing for Kurdish autonomy also deemed as "terrorists".
However, Erdoğan's witch-hunt has caused collateral damage to Turkey’s economy with credit rating agencies downgrading the country's debt to "junk" and the lira weakening against the dollar.
In view of this, Prime Minister Yildirim yesterday lowered the growth outlook for 2016, saying the economy was likely to expand 3.2 per cent, well below an original 4.5 per cent forecast, whilst inflation for the year is set to hit 7.5 per cent.