The leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has criticized the government for “going too far” in the implementation of authorities granted by the ongoing state of emergency.

“I remember [the military coups] of March 12 [1971], Sept. 12 [1980]. There was polarization and conflict. But not even this many people were arrested [in either coup]. Trade unions were not closed down. But now they are rapidly closing trade unions,” CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu told private broadcaster CNN Türk on Aug. 27.

“The rule of law is the fundamental criteria that will give you [the government] righteousness. The limits have been passed in some cases,” Kılıçdaroğlu added, accusing the government of opportunism in the aftermath of the coup attempt.

The government declared a state of emergency for three months in July, saying it was necessary in order to more effectively fight against the Gulen Movement. The government has since issued three separated decree laws to purge all Gülenists from state institutions and to re-structure these institutions.

Along with dismissing tens of thousands of civil servants from the state offices, a number of media outlets, trade unions, civil society organizations have also been closed down through decree laws over alleged links with the movement.

CHP head Kılıçdaroğlu stressed that state of emergency measures against civil servants and other individuals must not create a new group of “victims.”