Tag Archives: Authoritarianism

Why, after one year, protests continue to rock Algeria

Algerian protesters wave the national flag during a demonstration in the capital Algiers. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP via Getty Images

Algerian protesters wave the national flag during a demonstration in the capital Algiers. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP via Getty Images Yahia H. Zoubir, Kedge Business School There have been weekly peaceful protests in Algeria for the past year. Early last year protests demanding political transformation, led to the removal by the military of veteran leader, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Elections were held, …

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Turkey: how Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is using coronavirus to clamp down further on dissent

Erdoğan marked four years in July since a 2016 failed coup attempt. Turkish President Press Office/EPA

Balki Begumhan Bayhan, Coventry University Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian government led by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has always made use of crises to consolidate its power. The coronavirus has been no exception. The regime has cracked down on opposition and attempted to undermine its effectiveness, while endeavouring to legitimise the rule of the long-serving president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Since …

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