Turkey's opposition protests state of emergency with sit-ins

Turkey's police officers look on as supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, gather for a sit-in protest near central Istanbul's Taksim Square, Monday, April. 16, 2018. After it was announced that the motion foreseeing the extension of state of emergency for the seventh time since the failed coup attempt on July 2016, will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday, CHP organised sit-in protests around Turkey calling for the abolishment of the state of emergency. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, chant slogans as they gather for a sit-in protest near central Istanbul's Taksim Square, Monday, April 16, 2018. After it was announced that the motion foreseeing the extension of state of emergency for the seventh time since the failed coup attempt on July 2016, will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday, CHP organised sit-in protests around Turkey calling for the abolishment of the state of emergency. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A supporter of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, waves a national flag as people gather for a sit-in protest in central Istanbul's Taksim Square, Monday, April 16, 2018. After it was announced that the motion foreseeing the extension of state of emergency for the seventh time since the failed coup attempt on July 2016, will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday, CHP organised sit-in protests around Turkey calling for the abolishment of the state of emergency. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Hundreds of supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, gather for a sit-in protest near central Istanbul's Taksim Square, Monday, April. 16, 2018. After it was announced that the motion foreseeing the extension of state of emergency for the seventh time since the failed coup attempt on July 2016, will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday, CHP organised sit-in protests around Turkey calling for the abolishment of the state of emergency. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, gather for a sit-in protest near central Istanbul's Taksim Square, Monday, April. 16, 2018. After it was announced that the motion foreseeing the extension of state of emergency for the seventh time since the failed coup attempt on July 2016, will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday, CHP organised sit-in protests around Turkey calling for the abolishment of the state of emergency. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A supporter of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP wearing a jacket decorated with photos of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, takes part in a sit-in protest near central Istanbul's Taksim Square, Monday, April 16, 2018. After it was announced that the motion foreseeing the extension of state of emergency for the seventh time since the failed coup attempt on July 2016, will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday, CHP organised sit-in protests around Turkey calling for the abolishment of the state of emergency. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Hundreds of supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, gather for a sit-in protest near central Istanbul's Taksim Square, Monday, April. 16, 2018. After it was announced that the motion foreseeing the extension of state of emergency for the seventh time since the failed coup attempt on July 2016, will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday, CHP organised sit-in protests around Turkey calling for the abolishment of the state of emergency. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

ISTANBUL — Supporters of Turkey's main opposition party have staged sit-in demonstrations across Turkey to protest the state of emergency that was declared after a coup attempt in 2016.

The demonstrations held Monday in all of Turkey's 81 provinces were organized as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government prepares this week to extend the state of emergency for a seventh time.

The opposition Republican People's Party, known as CHP, accuses the government of misusing its emergency powers to bypass parliament, erode democracy and to go after government critics.

The Turkish government insists the unusual powers it acquires during a state of emergency are needed to deal with ongoing security threats.

In Istanbul, hundreds of CHP supporters staged a protest on a street near Taksim Square after police blocked their access to the city's main square.

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