|Taksim square in the second night after the coup-attempt|
Istanbul, 21. July, 0:50
Just as I thought after days of forgetting to eat, of smoking too much, of being nervous non-stop, I could take some time to sit down and let everything sink in. I haven't even had time yet to allow some emotions. One piece of bad news is following the next: Erdogan just declared emergency state in Turkey or the next three months. I am having bad dreams about my history classes, where we very thoroughly talked about how it was possible for the German democracy to form into a dictatorship back in the day. Now I hear words such as "cleansing", "travel-ban", "purch", "decree" and "curfew" and it makes me shiver.
Istanbul, 17. July, 22:45
Despite that there are still public gatherings to celebrate Erdogan, this night seems to be more quiet, so far no reports of violence, I just hear groups of honking cars from time to time. I heard sounds reminding me of the gunsounds I had been hearing the last two nights, but it turned out to be fireworks. Apparently the government wants to legalize guns, so that people can "protect themselves from incidents like the coup", which is absurd. Many people are afraid tomorrow might be a deciding day for the future stability of turkish economy, as it is the first labour day after the attempted coup.