World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey's main opposition party criticized a new legislation proposed by the government Monday to expand police powers in reaction to last week's protests that morphed into violent clashes between pro-PKK and anti-PKK Kurdish groups, claiming the bill would lead Turkey to become a 'police state.'
Held, ostensibly, to show solidarity with Syria's ISIL-besieged Kurdish town of Kobani, the protests and clashes across Turkey left at least 34 people and two policemen dead.
Scores of vehicles, state buildings, party offices and shops were also set on fire or otherwise damaged.
The remarks of lawmaker and spokesman for the Republican People's Party (CHP), Haluk Koc came after the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu decided during its Monday meeting to bring in a new comprehensive domestic security bill that will strengthen the hand of the Turkish security forces so as to handle massive acts of violence instantly and more effectively.
Speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters Wednesday, Koc claimed that the Turkish government aimed to "handcuff" the fundamental democratic rights and individual freedoms and make Turkey a 'police state', using the latest "provocations" as an excuse.
While preparing the new security reform, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that the government would review and work on examples from EU-member countries to find practices and authorities that could be used as a base and implemented in Turkey.
Koc argued "There is no legal regulation in those countries that violates the individual rights and freedoms, so as to create a police state."
Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Ekim 2014, 16:23