Erdogan threatens to 'chop off traitors' heads' in coup bid anniversary speech

Elias Hubbard
July 16, 2017

In fact, judging by the huge gap between facts and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's narrative, and how he has manipulated the unfortunate events of July 15, 2016, for his own benefit, the global community is slowly but decisively accepting that the facts smack of something sinister. "National Unity" marches are being staged in Istanbul and Ankara.

The photo exhibition includes snapshots of Turkish civilians overcoming the tanks as well as the bombed Parliament building, which was a clear indication of the targeted attack on elected power, Ergen said.

Any move to restore capital punishment - which Turkey abolished in 2004 - would effectively end Ankara's European Union membership ambitions.

Countries were also cautioned against the danger posed by the presence in various forms of the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation (Feto) - accused to be behind the July 15, 2016 coup - in their midst.

"I spoke to the prime minister and. when they appear in court, let's make them appear in uniform suits like in Guantanamo", Erdogan said. Saying that millions of people launched the second struggle for independence with a call from President Erdoğan, Yıldırım noted that "we made the most lovely history".

People wave Turkey's national flags as they arrive for a ceremony to commemorate the attempted coup on its first anniversary at the July 15 Martyrs Bridge (formerly called Bosphorus Bridge) in Istanbul, Turkey, July 15, 2017.

The bridge was closed by putschists on the night of the coup attempt and dozens people were killed on it.

People chanted "we are soldiers of Tayyip (Erdogan)" and called for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the coup plotters, with some even brandishing nooses. More than 50,000 people have also been arrested for alleged links to Gulen and other groups. Erdogan also shored up his position by winning a referendum on enhancing his powers earlier this year.

The latest dismissals include 2,303 police officers, 1,486 interior ministry staff, 546 navy and air force personnel, 418 justice ministry officials, 789 from the health ministry, 551 from religious affairs, 302 academics and 102 education ministry employees, reports UPI.

Opposition CHP party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu failed to take the bull by the horns.

He said the night of July 15 was a "second War of Independence" after World War I that led to the creation of the modern Turkish state.

Turkcell had already sent text messages to clients promising them a free extra gigabyte of data from July 15 in celebration of the coup's defeat.

Gulen has always denied involvement and in a new statement Friday said the accusations were "baseless, politically motivated slanders" and slammed a "witch hunt" of Erdogan's critics.

Giant posters designed by the presidency have sprung up across billboards in Istanbul for Saturday's nationwide commemorations on this key date.

Meanwhile, trucks belonging to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, which were used to prevent tanks from leaving barracks on the night of the coup attempt, formed a convoy in Istanbul's Kartal district on the Asian side.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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