Dec 14 2017

Demo against Turkey’s state of emergency banned due to state of emergency

Authorities in the western Turkish city of Izmir have banned a demonstration against the ongoing state of emergency on the basis of the ongoing state of emergency, leftist news website Gazete Duvar said.

The meeting, entitled “Not State of Emergency, Urgent Democracy Meeting”, was organised by the local representatives of a group of national trade unions.

Turkey has been in a state of emergency since a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

Every three months the state of emergency must be renewed by parliament, but while it is in force it allows the cabinet and president to jointly issue decrees with the force of law.

Opposition politicians have expressed fears that the state of emergency will be extended until the next sets of elections in 2019 and used to prevent effective campaigning.