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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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