Turkey marks coup attempt anniversary

Turkey marks coup attempt anniversary

Turkey marks coup attempt anniversary

Turkey is due to mark the first anniversary since a faction in the military attempted a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, setting of a state-of-emergency crackdown that's still ongoing.

"If parliament passes a bill on resuming executions in Turkey., he said, "I will sign it". After a special session of parliament starting at 1000 GMT, most of the celebrations will be taking place deep into the night.

"Instead of expressing solidarity with my countrymen, a number of western governments and institutions opted to wait and see how the crisis would play out", Erdoğan said.

Erdogan also said the suspects being tried on suspicion of involvement in the failed coup should wear uniform clothing like the notorious orange jumpsuits used at United States military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

But the purge, as well as a wave of 50,000 arrests alongside it, have galvanised opposition.

In his Saturday address, Erdogan slammed Kilicdaroglu for repeatedly claiming that the government knew about the coup attempt in advance but it failed to stop it and called those remarks disrespectful and insulting. Some 250 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured across Turkey in the struggle.

That unity, though, has dissipated as the government cast a wide net in pursuit of its enemies, sweeping up the failed coup's alleged accomplices but also dissidents.

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Turkey has dismissed nearly 7,400 civil servants over alleged links to terror groups in a government decree, the latest in a wave of dismissals since authorities quashed last summer's coup attempt.

Tens of thousands have been marching to the iconic July 15 Martyrs' Bridge where citizens, heeding a call by Erdogan to resist the coup, clashed with Turkish soldiers attempting the overthrow. A dozen of the party's parliamentarians, including its co-leaders, are in prison. Giant posters designed by the presidency have sprung up across billboards in Istanbul showing gaudy paintings that portray the key events of the coup night, including the surrender of the putschist soldiers.

He also called for full clarity over what happened on the night of July 15, with questions still remaining over when the authorities first found out an uprising was afoot. The coup plotters bombed the country's parliament and other state buildings.

According to the President and his supporters, the attempted coup was not an attack on him or his government, but an aggressive assault on the Turkish people - and their act of resistance must now be forged into the national memory. The latest firings followed a June decree but were not announced until Friday.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: "I reiterate my strong message that any attempt to undermine democracy in any of our allied countries is unacceptable".

The government has blamed the coup attempt on loyalists of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in exile in Pennsylvania.

The president underlined that the thwarting of the coup marked a "turning point in the history of democracy", adding that it would be a source of hope and inspiration for all people who live under a dictatorship.

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