Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency Wednesday following a failed military coup.
Erdogan said this step is being taken to counter threats to Turkish democracy.
"This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms," he said. "On the contrary, it aims to protect and strengthen them."
Nearly 6,000 people were detained following the failed July 15 military coup. Officials said 265 were killed in the coup before Erdogan regained control of the government.
The Associated Press contributed to the report