After 9 months of the failed coup against the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country's political order has taken a turn this Sunday with a referendum. After the vote, Turkey's system will cease to be based on a parliamentary government to be a presidentialist, which means that power will fall almost completely on Erdogan.
This is the latest in a series of crackdowns in the name of “national security” since last July’s attempted coup.
A new wave of arrests in Kurdistan has hit this time the city of Van, on Thursday. Twentynine council officials have been detained, among them former Semdinli mayor, Sedat Tore, now General Secretary of Van City Council.
Turkish police fired plastic bullets, baton-charged and detained several women protesting about the arrest of the HDP deputies, last week.
After a detention order issued by Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor's Office, anti-terror units police detained Amed Metropolitan Municipality co-mayor Gültan Kışanak at Diyarbakır Airport and co-mayor Fırat Anlı in his house, on Tuesday 25 October.
Written by: Orsola Casagrande
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is being called many things: a dictator, a modern times sultan, an islamic fundamentalist, a fascist, a murderer, a madman, a political strategist… and the list could go on.