Three month state of emergency declared in Turkey

Three month state of emergency declared in Turkey

A three month state of emergency was last night declared in Turkey following a failed army coup.

At the same time a long-running state of emergency in Tunisia was extended for a further two months to run until September 21.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed the three month state of emergency in the wake of Friday’s night’s attempted coup.

 Almost 250 people were killed resisting the coup attempt, according to the government. 

Erdogan said: “The aim is to rapidly and effectively take all steps needed to eliminate the threat against democracy, the rule of law and the people’s rights and freedoms.

 “This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms.” He vowed that “all the viruses within the armed forces will be cleansed”.

More than 50,000 state employees have been rounded up, sacked or suspended in the days since the coup attempt.

Almost 100 top military officers were charged yesterday in connection with the events of the weekend.

Officials continued to take action against university and school employees, shutting down educational establishments, banning foreign travel for academics and forcing university heads of faculty to resign, the BBC reported.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to say that British travellers to Turkey should follow the advice of local authorities, closely follow travel advice and contact their airline or travel company for information.

“Coastal resorts don’t appear to be significantly affected at present. You should be vigilant in resort areas. Security force activity may be visible from some resorts,” the FCO added.

The state of emergency in Tunisia has been extended a number of times since a suicide attack on a police bus in November and the terrorist massacre of foreign holidaymakers in Sousse last June.

The latest move sees the declaration extended for two months from today (Thursday) with the FCO continuing to warn that there is a high threat from terrorism in the North African country.

The FCO continues to advise against all but essential travel to Tunisia.

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