Turkish Search for Hope in State of Emergency, Crackdowns

Turkey pd-compressedTurkey (Mission Network News) Turkey is set to release 38,000 prisoners jailed before a failed July 15 coup attempt to make room for new detainees.

The government declared a three-month state of emergency on July 21 and began a sweeping crackdown, arresting more than 23,000 people. The purge has also led to more than 81,000 people being dismissed or suspended from their jobs, including police officers, judges, teachers, soldiers and journalists.

During the state of emergency, Turkish lawmakers also granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers as a means of countering the ‘threat to Turkish democracy’. Under the Turkish Constitution, the emergency measures allow the government to “partially or entirely” suspend “the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms,” so long as that doesn’t violate international law obligations.

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