Seeds: Within the past few months, Turkey has become more and more chaotic. Issues plague the country, everything from the migrant crisis, to ISIS bombings, and an increasingly authoritarian president who banned twitter, and took over all local newspapers, seeking to control all media outlets. A week ago, there was an attempted coup d’etat (when the military or a large body of people tries to take over the current government by force because the current government is either committing atrocities such as human rights violations, or simply being unjust by, for example, defying the country’s constitution). 265 people died because of the coup.
Core: The coup ultimately failed, and left the country in disarray. On Thursday, President Erdogan announced a state of emergency. In response to the coup, President Erdogan’s government has led a “purge” of people who work in the government, detaining or suspending more than 60,000 employees for fear that they are insurgents. People involved in the education system amount to half of the people suspended and imprisoned.
Skin: Some rights activists are worried that the freedoms that this declared state of emergency restricts might lead to violations of the citizens rights, and a general stall of democratic practices in the country.
Leaves: Given that the coup was attempted mainly due to the already restricted rights in the nation, some are concerned that instability will continue to worsen.
Food For Thought: Do you think that situation in Turkey will improve? Do you think that it is any other country’s responsibility to help the country? Do you think that there could be a coup in another country any time soon?
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