Turkey’s AKP drafts law to boost local watchmen’s authority

A lawmaker from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has presented draft legislation to the country’s parliament that will grant local watchmen the right to demand identification from citizens, Turkish news site Artı Gerçek reported.

AKP parliamentary group leader Mehmet Muş’s draft was written up after a court ruled that the watchmen did not have the authority to demand identification earlier this month.

The Interior Ministry revived the role of local watchmen who patrol markets and neighbourhoods after a failed coup attempt in 2016. The ministry has recruited thousands of watchmen each year since then.