State of emergency has become de facto martial law – opposition leader

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said state of emergency decrees allow the government to rule the country as if there were martial law, secular newspaper Hürriyet said.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said what had been done under martial law in the past was being repeated with decrees today.

On Jan. 8, Turkey extended the state of emergency imposed after the 2016 coup attempt by three months for the sixth time.

“Why are the MPs in jail? You can judge them, but why are they jailed pending trial? Journalists, academics are all in jail. Their right to access to justice have been taken from their hands to a great extent,” Kılıçdaroğlu was quoted as saying during a speech at the opening of “Enough with State of Emergency Forum”.

Kılıçdaroğlu also said the failed July 15 coup attempt was used as an excuse by the government to carry out a coup on July 20, when the state of emergency was introduced, the newspaper said.

“Every coup creates its own law. The July 20 coup is creating its own rules. The people who carried out coups in the past, used to secure their future. The people, who carried out the July 20 coup, do not only try to secure their own future, but the future of those who think like them. The mind boggles,” he said.