The chairman of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on Sunday that a civilian coup took place in Turkey on July 20, 2016 with the declaration of state of emergency (OHAL) in the country.

Talking to fellow party members in Ankara, Kılıçdaroğlu stated that he already called the failed coup attempt of July 15 as a ¨controlled coup.¨

In the immediate aftermath of the coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan put the blame on the Gülen movement and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) initiated a massive purge which led to strong suspicions of previously prepared profiling lists.

¨ What was done with OHAL is a civilian coup. We are going through a coup process¨ Kılıçdaroğlu pointed out comparing the situation with the bloody coup of September 12, 1980. ¨At the time, it was soldiers who did it, now it is civilians¨ Turkey’s main opposition leader said as he urged for the unfolding of the political force behind the coup attempt of July 15.

According to Kılıçdaroğlu, the current regime came up with a constitutional draft just as the putschists of the 1980 coup put a constitution into referendum.

Under state of emergency, several rights and freedoms were shelved and suspects remained in custody up to thirty days without consultation to lawyers for up to 5 days.

Tens of thousands of people, including academics, are dismissed from government positions by means of decrees.

(Turkish Minute)