Turkey : the purges continue

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(source Marianne)

It has been several months since many purges took place in Turkey. Since July 15, the Turkish authorities have arrested more than 35,000 people suspected of sympathizing with Fethullah Gulen. Former close collaborator of President Erdogan, suspected of organizing the putsch from the United States where he is exiled. But all of this is only a pretext used by Erdogan to operate purges strongly desired by him.

A new case has arrived

In the night from Thursday to Friday, two deputies from pro-Kurdish party, Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekda were arrested at their homes by the police. They were placed in custody as part of an “anti-terrorist” operation. Nine other deputies have been arrested.

Just before being arrested, Selahattin Demirtaş wrote on his Twitter page: “The police are at my door, they have permission to stop me by force.”

The European Union representative, Federica Mogherin, said she was “extremely concerned” and has contacted Ankara. In Berlin, the Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier summoned a Turkish diplomat and the attempt to silence opposition.

Erdogan’s regime is finally passed into a reign of authoritarianism and terror.

 

Julien Morin, IEJ 3E

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