Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Turkey: Thousands fired, investigation stymied on coup attempt anniversary

OIC backs Turkey on 1st coup anniversary Erdogan opens monument to victims of failed coup
Melinda Barton | 18 July, 2017, 11:09

"I spoke to the prime minister and ... when they appear in court, let's make them appear in uniform suits like in Guantanamo".

The Turkish president underlined that the thwarting of the coup marked a "turning point in the history of democracy" and that it would be a source of hope and inspiration for all people who live under a dictatorship. They had their flags - just as they do today - and something much more important: "They had their faith". He said that this was the only way to counter such enemies of democracy. Beyond the groundswell of nationalism, the coup's greatest legacy has been the far-reaching purge on multiple sectors of Turkish society.

Turkey dismissed more than 7,000 people from public service on Friday over suspected links to the followers of Gulen Movement, local daily Hurriyet reported.

The government's request for the renewal of the state of emergency comes following a huge rally in Istanbul on Saturday night on the anniversary of the coup attempt.

Turkey blamed the failed putsch on US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, who denies the accusations, and vowed to root out his "virus" from state institutions.

Since emergency rule was imposed on July 20 past year, more than 50,000 people have been arrested and 150,000 people have been suspended in a crackdown which Erdogan's opponents say has pushed Turkey on a path to greater authoritarianism.

Critics claim Erdoğan is using the post-coup state of emergency to target opposition figures including rights activists, pro-Kurdish politicians and journalists.

But Mr Tezcan and his party call the state of emergency a "controlled coup" that must be revoked immediately.

"This parliament, which withstood bombs, has been rendered obsolete and its authority removed", said Kemal Kilicdaroglu, refering to an April referendum that Erdogan narrowly won, giving him sweeping executive powers.