Turkey: A Very Unfortunate Impression

Despite a crackdown, the return to democracy stays on schedule

From the day Turkey's generals took power in a bloodless coup in 1980, they promised to return the country to democracy as soon as they thought possible. But over the past five months, the regime of President Kenan Evren, 65, has cracked down, sometimes harshly, on journalists, academics and cultural personalities who have expressed even mild opposition to the government. The measures have raised fears that the military leaders of NATO's easternmost member may renege on their pledge. Says the often pro-government columnist...

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