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    Turkey is in a state of shock trying to overcome all the misfortunes that have befallen the country because of its authoritarian ruler, German newspaper Die Tageszeitung wrote.

    On the one hand, Turkey is witnessing a war between government forces and the Kurds, on the other — the country faces a serious threat of Islamist terrorism, the article said.

    All this is happening against the background of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan trying to "transform" the state in his own way and force everyone in the country to be faithful and obedient to his policies, the newspaper wrote.

    Erdogan did his best to consolidate his power: the government has weakened the Kurdish political movement, criminalized the opposition and deprived people of the right to express their opinions. New security laws went on to restrict the right of demonstration, enabling the police to open fire on activists who demonstrate "aggressive" behavior, even in cases when it did not came to a direct attack.

    The situation concerning freedom of speech, which Erdogan so "highly appreciates," worsens every day. Turkey has blocked numerous websites and sent to prison a number of journalists, accusing them of espionage.

    The fact that the EU has turned a blind eye to massive human rights violations because it awaits Turkish assistance in resolving the immigration crisis only worsens the situation in the country and unties Erdogan's hands.

    "The country is divided more than ever: there is a huge gap between the rich and poor, secular and religious life, 'east' and ‘west,'" the article said.

    "The state is seeking to protect the interests of the government, while people who suffer from the lawlessness of the authorities remain helpless," the newspaper concluded.


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