Erdogan Driving Turkey Into the Abyss

The events currently taking place in Turkey are pushing the country to the brink of disaster, which will become imminent if President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains in power, Today’s Zaman newspaper wrote citing representatives of a platform endorsing freedom of thought in Turkey.

In a declaration published on Monday, the Ankara Freedom of Thought Initiative pointed to signs of an upcoming catastrophe, including a government crackdown on private enterprise and the appointment of trustees to companies owned by “dissidents.”

The authors also complained about official pressure against journalists critical of President Erdogan and his government, the newspaper wrote.

These journalists “are being pressured through investigations into their articles, wiretapping of their phones, accusations of disseminating terrorist propaganda and espionage, and detentions,” the manifesto said.

The authors slammed Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party‘s Syrian policy, claiming that political elites are using the civil war there to gain points in domestic politics and turn the country into a presidential republic.

In the petition “A Movement of Enlightenment Against Reaction” the authors warned against attempts to turn Turkey into an Islamic state and called on the people to stand up for their constitutional rights and freedoms.

In an interview with Sputnik, Kemal Okuyan, a senior member of the Turkish Communist Party and Hüseyin Aygün, a lawyer, complained about society’s failure to resist the government’s  attempts to turn the country into a religious state.

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