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Turkey: the 'progressive' land of repression

Çubukçu, Ayça (2011) Turkey: the 'progressive' land of repression. Guardian (11 Dec 2011)

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Abstract

There is a growing disjuncture between those who promote modern-day Turkey as a democracy and those who experience Turkey as a land of arbitrary detentions, political repression and military destruction, The Guardian wrote in an article titled “Turkey: the 'Progressive' Land of Repression.” “In the past two years, the Turkish state has imprisoned thousands of its citizens under the sweeping rubric of counter-terrorism operations. Today, even relatively privileged academic colleagues in Turkey face the prospect of sharing the fate of Professor Büşra Ersanlı of Marmara University, whose detention in October 2011 as an alleged terrorist was proudly defended by the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development party (AKP),” said the article. “Professor Ersanlı's imprisonment has received considerable attention in Turkey and beyond, prompting petitions, protests, and academic initiatives by her colleagues and others concerned with the deteriorating prospects of democratic politics in Turkey. Organizations such as Human Rights Watch have issued statements condemning Ersanlı's arrest as "part of a crackdown on people engaged in legal political activity with the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy party."

Item Type: Newspaper/Magazine Article
Official URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk
Additional Information: © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Research centres and groups > Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2012 11:55
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45129/

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