|Editorial | Turkishpedia | August 05, 2017|
After the failed coup attempt on July 15th, 2016, Turkey still suffers from the lack of democracy and destabilization in rule of law. Since then thousands of civil servants have been purged, 143,000 as of July 2017, and 50,000 innocent people arrested allegedly involving into the coup attempt including academics, judges, prosecutors, teachers, and housewives.
Erdogan designed the judicial system using executive orders by purging judges and appointing new ones in critical positions. For instance, the judicial system is designed to start new employees in rural areas and let them promote into the Metropolitans and higher roles over the years with successful experience in their profession. But Erdogan, demolished the hundreds-years of a system and appointed senior judges back into rural areas and appointed junior judges into critical positions which result in Erdogan’s enormous and uncontrolled power on the judicial system.
With the help of the power over the judicial system, Erdogan extended his brutal attack against to all opponents including journalists and MPs over the time. The leader of Kurdish oriented People’s Democracy Party (HDP), was in the jail for more than 8 months along with many other MPs. Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) was also attacked by Erdogan. Enis Berberoglu, former Journalist, and MP in CHP currently, was accused of giving an opposition newspaper video footage purporting to show Erdogan’s government smuggling weapons to the ISIS militants in Syria, sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Erdogan’s brutal attack on all opponents, crackdown and recently jailing Enis Berberoglu increased big anger among all opponent Turkish people. CHP supporters gathered at in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey where Turkish parliament is located, after CHP’s leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu announced to stand against to the dictatorship of Erdogan.
Thousands of people started marching asking for “Justice” and stepped on routing from Ankara to Istanbul, some 450 kilometers (nearly 280 miles). President Erdogan slammed the march, saying that the Kilicdaroglu and his supporters are collaborating with the “terrorist” groups and forces that incite such groups against his power.
Tens of thousands of opponents and activists have been participated in a 25-days-long march and the protest was ended with a mass rally in Istanbul with a participation of more than 2 million of people which are the largest gathering for Erdogan’s opponents. In his speech, Kilicdaroglu issued a list of demands including freeing the judiciary from the influence of Erdogan, releasing journalists from prison, and greater prosperity for all Turkish citizens.
It was the largest uprising against to Erdogan, the new Hitler of the Century.