Following his party’s embarrassing defeat at the polls earlier this month, where the opposition wrested control of the municipal governments of Istanbul and Ankara, and last month’s destabilizing currency crisis, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is once again cracking down on dissenters, including the few remaining voices in Turkish media who dare criticize him directly.
According to Bloomberg, Istanbul police briefly arrested and detained the economist Mustafa Sonmez, known for opposing the government’s policies, after he allegedly insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Sonmez’s lawyer told the state-run Anadolu press agency that police barged into the economist’s home on Sunday morning, arrested him, and took him to a police station in Istanbul. Sonmez, who has also been working as
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