State of Emergency Declared For Three Months In Turkey
President Tayyip Erdogan said in a press conference yesterday that Turkey has declared a state of emergency for three months
“Following the comprehensive evaluation we made as the members of the National Security Council, we decided to recommend the Government to declare state of emergency under Article 120 of the Constitution with an aim to totally and swiftly eliminate the terrorist organization, which attempted a coup, together with all its elements,” he said.
Erdogan said the terrorist organization threatened “democracy, rule of law and the rights and freedoms of our citizens.”
The Associated Press reported that Turkey will suspend the European Human Rights Convention during the state of emergency.
President Erdogan described the united effort to stop the coup attempt. “Our nation’s resolute defense of their country rendered the weapons, tanks, helicopters and planes of the coup plotters useless,” he said. “Our nation, who stood firm against terrorists dressed in military uniforms defended their motherland and future and thus wrote history throughout the night.”
President Erdogan has vowed to protect democracy in his nation. “The date of July 15, 2016 became a turning point when the nation said ‘stop’ to this evil course of events,” he said. “An armed coup attempt has been thwarted by the nation for the first time in the history of our country.”
He also updated the press on the death toll and said 250 innocent people were killed and over 1500 wounded in the coup attempt.