Turkey dismisses over 7000 on eve of failed coup anniversary

Turkey dismisses over 7000 on eve of failed coup anniversary

Turkey dismisses over 7000 on eve of failed coup anniversary

In two separate speeches in Istanbul and Ankara over the weekend, Turkey's President promised to execute all the conspirators who took part in the failed July 15, 2016 coup.

"First of all we will chop off the heads of those traitors", Erdogan told the rally.

"They showed no mercy when they pointed their guns at my people", Erdogan said.

Also just after midnight salah prayers from victims of the coup bid rang out from minarets of 90,000 mosques across Turkey, state media said.

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.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called the coup attempt a dark moment for Turkey, with deadly clashes between the people and rogue military forces. He said that this was the only way to counter such enemies of democracy. "These monsters will surely receive the heaviest punishment they can within the law".

A man carries flags with the picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a march to the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul on July 15, 2017.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has inaugurated a monument in the capital Ankara honoring the some 250 people who were killed opposing last year's failed coup attempt against his rule.

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But the cordial ceremonial unity belies tensions barely beneath the surface. Along with a groundswell of nationalism, the coup's greatest legacy has been a far-reaching crackdown.

Since emergency rule was imposed on July 20 a year ago, five days after the attempted coup, more than 50,000 people have been arrested and 150,000 sacked or suspended from their jobs. More than 50,000 have been detained for alleged links to the putsch.

According to the Turkish government, Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its USA -based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

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

Meanwhile, the main opposition Republican People's Party criticized the extension of the state of emergency, arguing that it has polarized the country.

Erdogan said recently that the sweeping powers would only be lifted when unrest ends. "Instead of rapid normalization, a permanent state of emergency has been implemented", he added.

"In the past year, justice has been destroyed".

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