Opposition in Turkey criticizes ‘parallel state’ crackdown

While senior government ministers have backed the ongoing police crackdown in 13 cities across Turkey, the opposition parties have slammed the move.

While senior government ministers have backed the ongoing police crackdown in 13 cities across Turkey, the opposition parties have slammed the move.

EDIRNE – While senior government ministers have backed the ongoing police crackdown on senior media figures and police officials in 13 cities across Turkey since Sunday morning, opposition parties have slammed the government move.

Nationalist Movement Party’s parliamentary group Deputy Chairman Oktay Vural called for all sides to seek law, honesty, democracy and freedom.

The far-right Great Union Party said the ongoing police operation was damaging the state's reputation, democracy and rule of law.

In remarks made to reporters in northwestern Edirne province, Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu underlined that Turkey was based on rule of law and democracy.

"Turkey is a state of law," Muezzinoglu said. "If someone does wrong, they pay the penalty," he added.

Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said: “Everyone should believe and respect the law, and must comply with all court orders.”

Turkish Parliamentary speaker Cemil Cicek and National Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz avoided giving any comments on the latest crackdown in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said he was waiting to see the results of the investigation.

"We will see the results of the investigation. It is not appropriate to comment on this probe at this moment," he said.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chairman of the main Turkish main opposition Republican People’s Party, strongly criticized the police crackdown. "The press should be free, comfortable and it should be able to report fearlessly," Kilicdaroglu said.

A group of people also rallied in front of courthouses in Ankara and Izmir to show their support for the people taken into police custody.

Police detained the editor-in-chief of Turkey’s Zaman daily Sunday, bringing the total number of people in custody to 25 in an ongoing crackdown on local media figures and police officials in 13 provinces across Turkey.

All the people detained have been alleged to be linked with the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his so called Gulen movement.

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