Internationally acclaimed Turkish author and human right activist, Aslı Erdoğan said she sees parallels between today’s Turkey and the Germany during Nazi rule, adding that the country was turned into a concentration camp in the face of post-coup arrest waves.
Speaking to the German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) early this week, Erdogan said Turkey has been driving at full speed to an extremely totalitarian one-party regime.
“Now, Turkey has turned into a concentration camp,” Erdogan said adding that the judiciary system got so bad that people do not know when and why they are imprisoned, nor when and when they get out again.
“Soon we will be arrested for half sentences, half an exclamation point, half a comma. Believe me, I have not experienced a worse time.”
Turkey has detained more than 120,000 people as part of its alleged terror operations since the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
Author of many books including those translated into many other foreign languages, Erdogan also spent nearly four months in prison over terror charges between August and December of last year. She was released on judicial control.
She was awarded freedom of opinion and thought prize by the Association of Turkish Publishers, on Tuesday.