Turkey’s post-coup purge was never just about crushing the alleged coup plotters. It was about neutralising all opposition; particularly that of pro-Kurdish political parties and their supporters. And in recent weeks, the continuing purge has exposed even further the authoritarian undercurrent in Turkish politics, and in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP government.
Signs of authoritarianism include:
- Closure of free press outlets.
- Jailing of political opponents.
- Sacking of key academics.
- Dismissal of judges.
The Erdoğan government has done all of that.
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