The arrests of eight of Turkey’s most respected human rights defenders and two European information technology trainers have been called “a repressive new low for the Turkish state”
Main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said his 25-day march from Ankara to Istanbul, ending in Sunday’s rally, was the first stage of a long campaign.
Critics accuse Tayyip Erdogan of increasing authoritarianism, citing a purge of thousands of state officials and many arrests after a failed coup last July.
The teachers have been on hunger strike for more than ten weeks after losing their jobs following the failed July coup against President Tayyip Erdogan.
Under Erdoğan’s leadership, Turkey has become a textbook case of democratic backsliding whose most common form is executive aggrandisement.