CHP stages coun­try-wide protest against state of emer­gency

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

THE MAIN op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party (CHP) staged yes­ter­day a sit-in protest in 81 prov­inces against the state of emer­gency in Tur­key.

The state of emer­gency is ex­pected to be ex­tended this week for the sev­enth time af­ter the July 15, 2016 coup at­tempt.

“We are stag­ing a sit-in protest all around Tur­key against the state of emer­gency, un­em­ploy­ment, in­equal­ity, high in­ter­ests,” CHP deputy chair­man Veli Ağbaba said speak­ing on the is­sue on Sun­day.

In Is­tan­bul, a clash erupted af­ter po­lice did not al­low pro­test­ers to enter Tak­sim square yes­ter­day. Many riot po­lice were also dis­patched to the area ahead of the planned demon­stra­tions.

On the gov­ern­ment side, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Gov­ern­ment Spokesper­son Bekir Boz­dağ crit­i­cized the CHP over the protests, and urged the main op­po­si­tion “to run in­stead of to sit in or­der to at­tain AK Party’s suc­cesses.”

“For a long time, the CHP is us­ing the meth­ods of ter­ror­ist groups in­stead of a po­lit­i­cal party’s meth­ods,” he said yes­ter­day, speak­ing to re­porters dur­ing his visit to Qatar.

Ear­lier this month, Boz­dağ said that the fight against the Gülenist Ter­ror Group (FETÖ) is still on­go­ing, mak­ing the ex­ten­sion of the state of emer­gency nec­es­sary. Op­po­si­tion Na­tion­al­ist Move­ment Party (MHP) Chair­man Devlet Bahçeli also sup­ports the ex­ten­sion of the state of emer­gency, as he re­cently stressed that the con­tin­u­a­tion of the state of emer­gency is a “na­tional obli­ga­tion.”

Tur­key de­clared a state of emer­gency for the first time on July 20, 2016 fol­low­ing a deadly coup at­tempt by FETÖ that killed 250 peo­ple and left 2,200 in­jured. FETÖ leader Fe­tul­lah Gülen, liv­ing in self-im­posed ex­ile in the United States, has been striv­ing to in­fil­trate into the state for decades with the aim of tak­ing con­trol of state in­sti­tu­tions.

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