September 11, 2016
Elected Mayors Removed From Office In The Name Of ‘Democracy’
Turkish President Erdogan is back at it again. Using that convenient “emergency law” of his, 28 elected mayors have been removed from office and will be replaced by trustees appointed by the government. In a display of dwindling democracy, protests broke out in southeastern Turkey, in the largely-Kurdish towns where the mayors were removed. At least 200 people were dispersed by tear gas and water cannons after they gathered outside city hall in Suruc, while another four people – including a deputy mayor – were detained in Hakkari province. Some Turkish media reports said that the internet and electricity had been cut off in the affected cities.
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