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Kenan Evren

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All freedoms provided by democracy are for those who believe in it. Can the rights and freedoms of millions of virtuous people who believe in democracy be safeguarded if those who seek to destroy it abuse rights and freedoms to achieve their goals?
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An Uneasy Honeymoon, Time. (Sep. 29, 1980)
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Said Evren in defense of the decision to take power after the 1980 military coup.

 
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