Turkey on the Brink of Civil War

Turkey on the Brink of Civil War

Failed Coup’s, Genocide, Links to ISIS Turkey is a failed state that will descend in to civil war and become the new Syria.

On 15 July 2016, a coup d’état was attempted in Turkey against state institutions, including, but not limited to the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.[ The attempt was carried out by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces that organized themselves as the Peace at Home Council. They attempted to seize control of several key places in Ankara, Istanbul, and elsewhere, but failed to do so after forces loyal to the state defeated them. The Council cited an erosion of secularism, elimination of democratic rule,[30] disregard for human rights, and Turkey’s loss of credibility in the international arena as reasons for the coup, all very valid points.

According to The Atlantic, 17,000 new mosques have been built by the Turkish government between 2002 – 2013. Many more Mosques are currently under development around the country and significant amounts has been spent refurbishing Ottoman-era mosques.

The Hijab was banned in the public sector, banning teachers, lawyers, parliamentarians and others working in state run institutions from wearing it. In recent years, the Justice and Development Party have lifted bans wearing the Hijab in schools and state institutions.

In 2002, there were 65,000 students involved in Imam-Hatip schools. The number grew to 658,000 in 2013 and recently, Bilal Erdoğan who is spearheading the expansion of Imam-Hatip schools announced that the number of students has now reached one million.

Compulsory religious education classes were introduced by the government across Turkish schools. Courses on “the life of Prophet Muhammad”, and “the Qur’an” have also been introduced

The modern Turkish state was born out of the fall of the Ottoman empire which led to the abolition of the Islamic caliphate. Kemal Atatürk known as the founder of Turkey introduced a number of reforms which would diminish the role of Islam in the country.

Many Fear Turkey is Turning Back the Clock

May Day rallies in Tukey’s most populous city descended into clashes with the police, as several activist groups tried to get into cordoned-off areas of the city. Over 200 people have been detained, and at least one man was reportedly killed.

Labor Day celebrations in Istanbul turned violent as multiple groups of demonstrators attempted to march towards central Taksim Square, despite police cordons and warnings.

The clashes erupted at multiple locations throughout the city, as members of left-wing and anarchist parties, as well as trade unions, attempted to march towards Taksim Square.

A group of protesters was dispersed in the Mecidiyekoy neighborhood, when police used tear gas and rubber bullets as activists tried to march towards Taksim Square.

After the botched July 2016 coup attempt, Turkey’s authorities tightened their grip on security by imposing a state of emergency that has been extended a number of times since. Consequently, Taksim Square was entirely cordoned off well beforehand on Sunday, and numerous riot and plain clothes police officers had been deployed to the area.

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