Wannabe dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also known as Turkey’s sultan just took a further step in cracking down on civil liberties in the country’s capital. This move follows Erdogan’s guards beating up people during a protest in Washington, and this latest authoritarian decree is aimed at curbing civil liberties in Turkey furthermore. It looks like Erdogan doesn’t want to take any chances about him getting ousted by a popular movement after the failed coup attempt in 2016.
Reading the aforementioned decree on the Ankara’s governor office website, it seem that it is now illegal for residents of Ankara, Turkey’s capital to engage in acts of protests “after dark”, which is as vague as it gets. The decree also bans group singing and press events, basically smothering any attempt of dissent against dear leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The reason given for this abuse of power (in a NATO country by the way) was that Turkey’s state of emergency,which is in place since the 2016 attempted coup d’etat, justifies the draconian measure in order to eliminate risks to public order. According to Turkish officials, this new decree is meant for protecting Turkish citizens, as such a gathering of people in public places would make for the perfect soft target for terrorists. Chanting slogans and shouting are also banned after sunset.
This latest crackdown on civil liberties by Erdogan’s regime is the widest since the country declared emergency rule last July, thus suspending some of the citizens’ constitutional rights. The emergency state was initially declared for 3 months, but it was extended until, let me quote sultan Erdogan, peace and tranquility are achieved, whatever that means.
Human Rights Watch’s Emma Sinclair Webb was quoted as saying about Turkey’s latest slip into authoritarianism:
“This is happening in the context of an unprecedented clampdown on free speech that scoops up both people who are known and have a high profile on social media, like journalists, as well as unknown people,”