July 25, 2016

Turkey: Crackdowns And Defending Democracy

President Erdogan disbanded Turkey’s Presidential Guard in his latest round of purging the government. The once-elite group must have seen it coming though, with 300 of its members getting detained after last week’s failed coup. Meanwhile, thousands of Turks joined a “pro-Democracy” rally in Istanbul yesterday organized by the opposition, centre-left and secular party CHP. The rally also received the backing of Erdogan and his ruling AKP party despite subtle digs against his creeping authoritarianism and his use of the coup to crackdown on his adversaries opponents.  

Yes, I want to sound marginally more intelligent: