Turkey's New State Of Emergency Furthers Erdogan's Power Grab
Turkey's new state of emergency could suspend most of the rights and freedoms set out in the country's constitution.By Matt Picht | July 20, 2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a national state of emergency for three months — which Turkey's constitution allows him to do if you count the recent coup attempt as "aimed at the destruction of the free democratic order."
On paper, the decree could suspend most of the constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms Turkey's citizens enjoy. In the past, that's meant curfews, military checkpoints and reduced legal rights.
Erdogan defended the post-coup crackdown by pointing out that European countries like France and Belgium have imposed similar measures in the wake of a major attack. But those states of emergency are typically more limited — France used its state of emergency to pass a few anti-terror laws and call up thousands of extra security personnel.