Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking in Ankara. Turkey has ( Wednesday ) declared an immediate three-month state of emergency following a failed military coup.
The President said that the measure was being taken to counter threats to Turkish democracy and wasn't intended to curb basic freedoms. Although it will mean British and other holidaymakers will from now have to carry their British or national passport with them at all times, it will also allow the police authorities to raid homes and hotels, without first having to secure a warrant or other legal process.
The President continued: "The aim is to rapidly and effectively take all steps needed to eliminate the threat against democracy, the rule of law and the people's rights and freedoms. This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms."
"On the contrary it aims to protect and strengthen them."
Claiming that his own life had been threatened, the president, who has said he 'narrowly escaped being killed or captured by renegade military units' the suggestion being that purges would continue for some time within military ranks.
"As the commander in chief, I will also attend to it so that all the viruses within the armed forces will be cleansed," Erdogan added.
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