CHP stages country-wide protest against state of emergency
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.