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Call from Intellectuals: Remove the State of Emergency

According to a report from Artı Gerçek and DiHaber, 541 intellectuals, academicians, writers and journalists including Akın Birdal, Baskın Oran, Binnaz Toprak, Celalettin Can, Cüneyt Basbug, Esra Mungan, Emine Usakligil, Hasip Kaplan, Levent Gultekin, Necmiye Alpay, Orhan Alkaya, Oya Baydar, Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, Rıza Turmen, Sanar Yurdatapan, Ufuk Uras, Ziya Halis, Zulfu Livaneli; who describes themselves as ‘the co-owner of these lands’, signed a joint statement calling for the removal of the state of emergency.

They said ‘We are calling on 80 million to establish, to protect and to unite regardless of political party, ideology, faith, religion, sect, nationality or gender. We don’t want polarization, hostility, division as ‘yes-no voters,’ as ‘religious-secular’or as ‘Turkish-Kurdish.’ As we choose our faith, language, religion, culture or lifestyle, we also want to live as independent, equal, honorably and in peace. We want to be able to rely on each other, and we want solidarity.’

No to Oppression!

The group of intellectuals declared that they are concerned about drifting into a war or a conflict, and expressed their dismay at the language of hate, the violations of the law, the restriction of freedoms and rights, the threats to the safety of lives and properties, the loss of social sensitivities and the corrosion of morale. ‘We say ‘no’ to all victimizations as a result of the purge of hundreds of civil servants, media and judiciary members, academicians, politicians, we say ‘no’ to a one-man regime, unfairnesses.’

This call is for everybody

The signers who refused to accept the controversial results of the referendum said that they wanted a repeal of the state emergency. ‘We call on citizens, opinion leaders, civil enterprises and political parties to cooperate our forces,’ the signers said.

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