As Erdogan Tightens His Grip, Is This the Last Stand for Turkey’s Liberals?

Supporters of Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu hold a huge Turkish flag as they gather for a rally following the “March for Justice,” Istanbul, July 9, 2017 (AP photo by Lefteris Pitarakis).
Supporters of Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu hold a huge Turkish flag as they gather for a rally following the “March for Justice,” Istanbul, July 9, 2017 (AP photo by Lefteris Pitarakis).
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One year after a coup attempt in Turkey, liberals are scrambling to defend what’s left of the country’s democracy. They are up against an increasingly assertive government campaign to dismantle many of the institutions and practices that had made Turkey the world’s freest, most open and democratic Muslim state. Liberal leaders, with massive popular support, have launched what looks like a make-or-break effort against steep odds. On Sunday, more than a million people turned out in Istanbul, joining tens of thousands who had braved brutal heat to take part in a 250-mile, three-week march from the capital Ankara. The participants […]

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