State of emergency ends in Turkey; purge continues

Jul 19, 2018, 7:10 AM EDT
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accused of quelling any dissent.
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Turkey lifted a two-year long state of emergency on Thursday but a “suffocating climate of fear” fueled and nourished by the state’s consolidation of sweeping powers and crackdown on critics continues to linger around.

Turkey imposed the state of emergency on July 20, 2016, after a failed coup attempt that nearly overthrew President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and left 290 people dead and more than 1,400 injured in one night of mayhem, notes CNN.

Since 2016, Turkey has undergone a dramatic transformation with the overhaul of the judiciary that’s no longer viewed as independent, civil societies gagged and human rights under constant threat under state’s purge on dissent, reports The Guardian.