Massive crowd of supporters of Erdogan in Istanbul organize demonstrations every night in connection with a failed coup that tried to commit last week.
"Work during the day, and to come to the square at night" is a message issued by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "The threat is not over." As evening comes and the summer heat begins to subside, the crowd begin to trickle in. Every night, they honk their horns and behave very noisy. By the time this dark part of the area appears red from the abundance of Turkish flags that are handed out for free.
Voices at the microphones, mostly members and supporters of the AKP is misleading about the strength of Turkey, not forgetting about the price that people have paid. There are more sinister reminders, such as one person who is standing in front of a newly erected Billboard with the names of the victims reminded the audience: "It could be anyone of you. Your name could be here."
This is, perhaps, a vivid reminder of how precarious the hold the power, as for many the sense of security they once felt shattered, despite the failure of the coup, the country is in chaos and reaping the consequences. In the aftermath of the coup, the number of detainees and suspects has increased to tens of thousands. Erdogan's allies have no doubts about the government's response. Erdogan is their man, they have an unshakable faith in his abilities, and they proved that they will give their life for him.
But for his opponents, it is the fear that is the beginning of a more sinister era, which they call authoritarian rule of Erdogan, the ability to deal with any who think differently, the ability to push through constitutional and other changes that would have given him more powers.
On Wednesday, Erdogan announced a three month state of emergency in the country, to defend Turkey and democracy, saying that Turkey would work to clean up "viruses" in the armed forces and other groups.
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