Turkey’s leading opposition party will hold a sit-in protest in 81 provinces against the state of emergency implemented following the July 2016 coup attempt.
The Republican People’s Party (CHP) is organizing a protest on the anniversary of last year’s presidential referendum, against Turkey’s state of emergency which is likely be extended a seventh time, news website bianet reported.
Using the hashtag #OhalDeğilDemokrasi (democracy, not state of emergency), CHP is set to hold sit-in protests in the city centers at noon.
Deputy Chair Veli Ağbaba will be coordinating the protests for the CHP which has decided it will be taking the clauses of the bill passed in March by the MHP-AKP alliance concerning election security to Turkey’s Constitutional Court.
CHP İstanbul Chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu posted a video on Twitter, announcing that a sit-in will take place at Taksim Square in İstanbul at noon.
‘’On the anniversary of the April 16 referendum – which has gone down in history as ‘the election without seals,’ the CHP will be holding a ‘’democracy, not state of emergency’’ protest across 81 provinces. We invite everyone who sides with democracy to participate in our protest in Taksim,’’ Kaftancıoğlu said.
CHP posted the locations for the protests on Twitter.