In the wake of the failed coup in Turkey, the Turkish government has unleashed a dangerous crackdown.
From purging the country’s academic leaders to shutting down news outlets, hard-won human rights victories are under serious attack.
At least 260 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured amid the failed coup attempt, according to government accounts.
Many news websites have been blocked, arrest warrants have been issued for journalists (some of whom are now in detention) and tens of thousands of people have been suspended or removed from their jobs – including police, judges, prosecutors and others.
What began as a peaceful demonstration to save a park in Istanbul has turned into a terrible wave of police repression against protesters throughout Turkey.
More than 100,000 people have turned out to protest the shockingly excessive measures used by police to disperse peaceful demonstrators. Amateur video footage from one demonstration shows police officers kicking seemingly defenseless protestors and beating them with batons.
This is an escalating human rights crisis. Thousands of protesters have been injured, many seriously, and there is at least one confirmed death.
In fact, the use of tear gas in closed areas is now becoming a health risk for protesters and bystanders alike. Not only have police used tear gas canisters as a weapon by deliberately firing them directly at nonviolent protestors, but tear gas has also been fired directly into homes, businesses and even at the entrance of a hospital. Video footage has also captured very young children being treated for the effects of tear gas.