How to Stop a Coup: How to Break Free From the Coup in Turkey
Bali, Indonesia – A Turkish military coup attempt has taken place in the capital of the Southeast Asian nation of Bali.
The military announced on Sunday that it had overthrown the democratically elected government and installed a military junta led by military chief General Binali Yildirim, who has ruled the country since taking power in 2015.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has condemned the coup as a “criminal attack” and called for all political parties to remain neutral.
Erdoğan also issued a nationwide state of emergency, while the government vowed to prosecute those responsible for the coup.
Erdi’s government has been accused of committing “treason” and “illegal actions” in the past.
The coup attempt comes as a surprise to many, with Erdoğan’s government claiming it would be a “victory for democracy.”
However, in Turkey, democracy is nothing but a slogan, as Erdoğan and his supporters have been waging a war against the popular opposition.
Since taking power, the Turkish military has escalated its brutal repression against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting for an independent state in Turkey’s southeast since 1984.
The government has jailed, tortured, and murdered Kurdish activists, including journalists, journalists’ associations, lawyers, and human rights defenders.
Turkish military officials have also engaged in brutal repression of the political opposition.
In 2015, Erdoğan ordered the military to launch a “humanitarian air campaign” against the PKK, in which they bombed the homes of journalists, opposition leaders, and members of the Kurdish community.
In a separate operation in 2016, the government ordered the mass detention of thousands of people, including political activists, in an effort to crush the PKK.
The Turkish military is also known for its use of torture and extrajudicial killings.
Turkish security forces have also reportedly targeted civilians with live ammunition, while using water cannons on protesters.
Thousands of people have also been killed by the Turkish security apparatus since 2015.
The United States and other nations have condemned the military coup, which has caused widespread protests across Turkey, and called on Turkey to free all political prisoners.
Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu called on the Turkish government to immediately release all political and civil opposition figures.
“We ask that the Turkish people’s demands be met, and the military should not be allowed to take power,” Kilicdoroglu said.
“There are so many people who are being targeted for their political beliefs.”
Kilicdurdoglu and other opposition leaders called for the immediate release of political prisoners and called to the government to respect their rights.
“The coup attempt is a clear indication of Erdoğan being able to manipulate the Turkish state and push ahead with his agenda,” said Kiliccıdaroglu.
“He has shown himself to be a strong ruler, and a tyrant who is capable of manipulating his opponents.”
The Turkish government is known for brutal repression, particularly against political opposition and human-rights defenders, including the rights of journalists.
The country’s Constitutional Court has previously issued several rulings that have imposed severe restrictions on the media, including restrictions on journalists and journalists’ association.
In 2017, the Constitutional Court ruled that journalists who covered events in Turkey should face jail sentences.
In January 2018, a number of prominent human-interest journalists were detained for two months for “defaming the government.”
In 2017 and 2018, the judiciary issued a number a court rulings that had wide-ranging implications for media freedom.
In December 2017, a group of journalists were sentenced to prison for “disseminating lies.”
In December 2016, Turkey’s Supreme Court ruled the death penalty for anyone found guilty of “terrorism” could be carried out.
In September 2016, Erdop Erdogan ordered the arrest of a number prominent opposition politicians, including prominent journalist Deniz Yucel.
Yucel was arrested in November 2016 for “inciting the public opinion against the state,” the state prosecutor said in December 2016.
In August 2017, an opposition party was suspended for two years after a judge found that it “promoted terrorism,” according to a statement from the party.
In July 2018, Turkish Prime Minister Binala Yildınlıurk was removed from office after the government said he “supported terrorism.”
In May 2018, Erdurşak’s government passed new legislation that gave military commanders the power to order the detention of foreign nationals, as well as citizens of the US and other countries, on suspicion of supporting terrorism.
On Sunday, Turkish media outlets reported that a large number of Turkish journalists were being held in Bali for “terrorist activities,” including the detention and arrest of journalists and opposition activists.
“Turkey’s authoritarian regime and the Turkish Armed Forces are not only the perpetrators of human rights violations, they also support terrorism, violence, and illegal actions against the democratic order of Turkey,” said Amnesty International’s Middle East director Andrew Gardner.
“In the wake of a coup