Turkey’s Very Long Night

A coup d’etat leaves the Turkish government with a lot of pressure to uphold democratic values

When I think of Turkey, several thoughts come to my mind – a prominent European state, with a population that is built overwhelmingly of Muslims, of scorching sun gracing ancient European architecture, but it never involves the words: “coup d’etat.”. But that is what almost happened on July 15. That particular night in Turkey this year, was a whole lot about slashing democratic processes in the state, plenty of foiled attempts to keep the ugly side of politics intact, which basically involves a lot of regular shredding of peaceful ideals, and creating an atmosphere of chaos that breeds fear.

A foiled coup d’etat in Turkey

Kurdish militants and ISIS have been behind some of the most horrendous attacks on Turkey recently, which has managed to bring into question how stable can Turkey really be these days? Turkey is an ally of the United States of America, and a member of NATO, but the environment in Turkey is no different from the kind common in the Gulf. Some of the torturous crimes in the coup d’etat involved invasion of television studios, firing at crowds, shelling of the parliament building, killing of many people, and the raiding of a hotel in Marmaris – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was formerly staying at that hotel in the seaside town.

The whole event can be looked upon as a failed operation to topple power in the nation, in the midst of Erdogan attempting to reassert his control once more. Erdogan has taken this moment as a sign that there is a need to restructure the country’s army. John Kerry and President Obama issued statements at the heels of the military debacle but responses to the big question about democratic processes (because of repeated foiled attempts of staging a successful coup) in Turkey still remains vague. Obama urged all parties in the nation to cooperate and support Erdogan’s government, and it is obviously the general idea that the U.S. government is strictly against any kind of use of force to shift the face of power in Turkey.

The coup poses serious questions about Turkey’s democracy

Concerns have been raised over NATO’s biggest nuclear arsenal located in the south of Turkey because it is getting in the way of the American bombing campaign against ISIS, on a base in the south. Despite the political struggles this episode may bring in the future, the U.S. government is positioned to expect democratic processes prevailing in Turkey. In response to the coup d’etat, Erdogan has removed many soldiers, civil servants etc. believed to be connected to the coup, alongside many Ministry of Education workers, and vigorously, with a lot of determination, asked for the resignation of plenty of university deans.
Turkey is momentarily hosting the tag of a “three-month state of emergency” and Erdogan has cracked down so tough because for the coup, he almost lost his office, and if the raiding episode in his hotel is anything to go by, then Erdogan might even have lost his own life. The coup has demonstrated unification in Turkey, which is a rare sight because even some who were against the government put up a united front, and it was an extremely long night of protests and fights to stave off attacks on national democracy.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised effective (and better) responses to governance, in the aftermath of the coup in Turkey

People in Turkey are looking to Erdogan to join with them in this unification because on the night of the coup, people defended the Turkish government and put up a united front with it. The government now needs to avoid the cracking open of separate factions in Turkey by participating in meaningful actions to keep Turkey secure and safe in the future. Turkey is also loosening probable access for refugees, as part of an agreement with the EU, earlier this year. If democratic processes and human rights conditions go smoothly in Turkey, then Turkish people can obtain visa-free travel across Europe, granted by the European Union. European democracies seem all set to push for a non-liberal approach to governance, when it comes to the migrants issue, despite the argument that the numbers are small, and this change contrasts with the previous outlook for the states involved, but it’s still a very welcoming thought.

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Author: Osmi Anannya

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