Turkey: 'Erdoğan repression not healthy' - Expert explains country's state of emergency

'There are a host of implications for the people' - Professor explains Turkey's state of emergency

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has today declared a state of emergency that will last for three months

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A leading UK-based professor has highlighted the full impact Turkey's political unrest could have on the people.

The country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has today declared a three-month stae of emergency, allowing him to by-pass parliament when drafting new laws or restricting the rights and freedoms of the population. 

Turkey has faced numerous challenges in recent months, including millions of refugees arriving in the country from war-torn neighbour Syria and a terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport which killed more than 40 people. 

Last weekend saw a failed military coup in the country, and in its wake have come more than 50,000 arrests of alleged rebels. 

Tahir Abbas, a Senior Research Fellow for the Royal United Services Institute, explained what the declaration means for the population. 

"We have a great number of concerns going on in Turkey," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "There's the refugee situation – three million or so.

"There's the ongoing attacks from ISIS, which have really petrified the population. And now this failed coup. 

"President Erdoğan is increasingly demonstrating authoritarian tendencies. 

"This repression of the various institutions is not a healthy approach to fighting terrorism and building a society which can trust them.

"There are a host of implications for the people."

Listen to the full interview above

President Erdoğan is increasingly demonstrating authoritarian tendencies
Tahir Abbas, Senior Research Fellow for the Royal United Services Institute