Source: News Bharati English21 Jul 2016 13:53:02
Ankara, July 21: Post the failed coup attempt in Turkey by a unit of Military force to overthrow the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish government declared a three month emergency on Wednesday in a measure to protect the democracy of the nation.
The decision was confirmed by the president Erdogan who had issued arrested warrants of thousands of soldiers post the incident which killed 290 people. The emergency allows the president and cabinet to bypass parliament when drafting new laws and to restrict or suspend rights and freedoms.
A written statement issued following the meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) recommended the government to declare state of emergency under Article 120 of the Constitution with the purpose of effectively implementing the measures that aim to safeguard citizens’ rights and freedoms and our democracy’s rule of law principle. "This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms," said Erdogan after announcing the state of emergency.
Noting that the treason gang, named the Gulenist terrorist organization, launched an armed coup attempt on 15 July through its members within the Turkish Armed forces, the statement read that the organization in question aimed to seize the control of the nation and the state by means of the civil-society organizations, media outlets, trade organizations, public officials and educational institutions, which it had taken under its influence starting from its foundation.
An earlier martial law-like emergency rule was implemented in the southeast of the country to combat the Kurdish rebels in the region. The emergency which ended in 2002, allowed the security official to restrict gatherings and set curfews in the region along with issuing warrants and arrests.
The rebellion attempt was undertaken by unit of Military forces who took control over the streets and government buildings. Parliament was struck by at least one bomb, and graphic videos and photos social media showed clashes, surrenders and chaos. Helicopters fired at people on the ground, mobs grappled with soldiers, and tanks barreled through crowds or were overrun by protesters.
Later, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan embarked on a revenge mission against the military plotters who had threatened his government and regional stability raising fears for the future of democracy in the region. Atleast, 10,000 people have been arrested by the forces in Turkey post the coup. Erdogan has warned of further arrests and suspensions to come as Turkish authorities continued to pursue those they believed responsible for the failed coup.
More than 50 thousand state employees have been rounded up, sacked or suspended in the days since the coup attempt. Officials continued to take action against university and school employees, shutting down educational establishments, banning foreign travel for academics and forcing university heads of faculty to resign.
President Erdogan dismissed suggestions that he was becoming authoritarian and that Turkish democracy was under any threat. He said, Turkey will remain within a democratic parliamentary system and will never step away from it.