MUSIAD UK strongly denounces the recent military coup attempt to take over the democratically elected government of Turkey, which resulted in the death tolls of many civilians:
"We extend our deepest condolences to the families and victims affected by such a horrific and terrible event. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
MUSIAD UK understands and believes that the coup attempt has been organised by a small number of traitor army members from the so called Gulen Movement, who held key positions in the Turkish Army. The terrible coup attempt did not receive any support from civilians, and yet a very large number of people were on streets to support and protect democracy and the democratic elected government of Turkey across the country.
Similar to Turkey government and its nation, MUSIAD UK believes that this attempted coup was not only an attack to the elected government of Turkey and its civilians, but it was also a threat to our universal values, including democracy, human rights and fair elections. Hence, we would firmly stand by the government and the brave nations of Turkey in these difficult moments and support them in securing and maintaining our universal values.
We would continue working close with Turkey government and its people, who have interest for the development and peace in the country. We would also endeavour to enhance our ties with the UK government to create more engagement with the government of Turkey and its people to foster better work relationship in Business, Politic, Education, Health and Social field in the future."
MUSIAD UK (Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’ Association)
The Turkish government declared state of emergency for the next 3 months.
State of emergency can be declared in times of natural disasters, civil unrests or wars. This allows governments to make swift decisions and actions by the way of executive orders. Unlike martial law, state of emergency does not mean the increasing military presence in streets or the increasing influence of the army on the government. State of emergency will not have a direct impact on the daily life as there will not be soldiers patrolling in the streets or blocking the roads. According to Turkish law, during state of emergency, the army is still under the control of the civilian bodies such as president, government and the governors (in their provinces).
What Turkish government declared today is not a martial law, it is a state of emergency. The main purpose of this state of emergency is to make swift decisions to remove the presence of Gulenists in the state institutions. It became entirely apparent by this coup that Gulen Movement is a terrorist organization that aims to take down the government and the state. The government aims to use executive orders to make new laws and clean the bureaucracy from the supporters of this terrorist organization. If there was no state of emergency, the process would have taken 9 to 12 months which could give a chance to these people to attack to the state again. Now, the state institutions will be cleaned from these terror supporters in three months inshallah.
Unlike it is said in the Western media, this is not a government crackdown on the opposition. The major legitimate opposition parties stood against this vicious coup attempt. The arrests and firings target the coupmakers and the people who are linked to this group, not the members of the legitimate opposition in Turkey.