By: Raja Taimur Hassan
Islamabad: Heavy corruption charges, abuse of power, difficult political situation, ban on majority media outlets, growing conflict on hosting more than 2 million Syrian refugees and deteriorating law and order situation as a result of terrorist attacks by Islamic State (IS); this was the situation of Turkish government led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development (AK) party, before the night of 15 July 2016 failed military coup attempt. It was most likely that the military coup could have successful, if people won’t come out on streets against their own military and defended their democracy.
Again on 7th August 2016, more than a million people have attended a pro-democracy rally in Istanbul in response to Turkey’s failed coup attempt, which shows their resolve for protecting the democracy.
I would not go into details of reasons behind the abortive military coup and won’t explore the disputed ruling style of Erdogan. But a question was striking to my mind since then, why Turkish people took to the streets in middle of night on a single call of their elected president to defend their democracy?