Police completely cordon off Taksim Square in Istanbul - media

Turkish police cordoned off Taksim Square in Istanbul in connection with expected protests against the extension of the emergency state, Turkish media reported on April 16.

The police blocked all entrances to Taksim Square without exception, according to the media.

Turkish opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) will hold protest rallies in all provinces of the country against extension of the state of emergency April 16.

Earlier, CHP demanded that the Turkish government abolish the state of emergency.

This is while Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the state of emergency will be extended in Turkey.

The state of emergency was introduced in Turkey after the military coup attempt in 2016. On July 15, 2016, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them. However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed.

The death toll as a result of the coup attempt stood at over 250 people, and more than 2,000 people were wounded.

In January 2018, the emergency state in Turkey was extended for the sixth time.