This weekend will witness thousands of groups from many nongovernmental groups marching in silent protest against attempts to stage a “coup” in their nation. Many Turks are upset at the ruling of the Constitutional Court which declared illegal legislative attempts to lift the ban on women wearing the headscarf at the universities. A representative of the Young Civilians said “it will be a silent march so there will be no flags or banners or slogans. We will be dressed in white from head to toe and will say no to coup attempts.” Many groups believe the Constitutional Court is prepared in the coming days to declare the Justice and Development Party(AKP) to be illegal because of its alleged attempts to install an Islamic code of conduct within the nation.
The Justice and Development Party currently holds 341 of the 550 seats in parliament and is facing charges by the Public Prosecutor of attempting to install an Islamic society upon Turkey’s traditional secular base. The AKP denies the charges and many groups in Turkey interpret actions by the Constitutional Court as equivalent of being a coup since it is rejecting the will of the people by disbanding a party which garnered 47% of the vote in the last election.
Perhaps, it is time for a meeting of all political parties to hammer out procedures that guarantee the continuance of Turkey’s secular centered society while still respecting the rights of people to be practicing Muslims.