The authorities pledged to the government through the state of emergency should not be used as a tool “to jail all opponents,” the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party has said, vowing to continue to walk the road to democracy and rule of law despite difficulties.
“The understanding that ‘a state of emergency has been declared, so we can issue decree laws to jail all opponents’ is not right. This is not convincing at all,” Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said in a statement on Sept. 5 on the occasion of the ceremony of the signing of a labor contract between CHP-led Çankaya Municipality in Ankara and the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK).
Kılıçdaroğlu ramped up his criticisms against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government over its use of decree laws to sack thousands of civil servants from state service and to prosecute many of them on suspected links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which was blamed for the July 15 failed coup attempt.
“We want a democracy in which the country would be ruled through its constitution, laws and with the principle of rule of law so that only guilty people would be prosecuted and not innocent people. We don’t want Turkey ruled by decree laws,” he stressed.
The CHP chief said they wouldn’t forget about July 15 coup attempt, as all political parties, civil society and trade unions have come together to stand against it, marking a rare period of unity in Turkey’s history, adding: “We want to protect this unity. The core of this unity is the protection of democracy regardless of our ideological, political, lifestyle or identity differences. We must all stand behind this.”
‘Current picture is not promising’
The current picture in Turkey was not a promising one as soldiers fell every day in the fight against terror, Kılıçdaroğlu said, blaming this on the government’s wrongful policies of the past.
“They now admit that they had made mistakes. If we all flock after someone blindly, we would then carry not only ourselves but also our country to the edge of a disaster. That’s why, mothers and fathers, you all must think over and question the realities of Turkey,” he said. / Read more at Hurriyet Daily.