Turkey dismisses over 7000 on eve of failed coup anniversary

Elias Hubbard
July 16, 2017

The attempt, however, was suppressed over the course of two days. Almost 250 people were killed and over 2,000 people were injured in the coup attempt.

The Turkish government has identified the Fetullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO) as the architects of the coup attempt.

The government has named July 15 a national holiday. Gulen has denied the allegations. The US has so far refused to extradite him to Turkey over the allegation, citing a lack of evidence to support the allegations.

Ambassador Serdar Kilic said U.S. authorities had to examine Gulen's communications for evidence showing he masterminded the putsch.

Earlier, Consul General Serdar Deniz said we were determined to fight anti state elements with three things which are rule of law, morality and democracy.

Kilic cited "confessions" by some alleged coup plotters and their purported visits with Gulen at his United States compound in the lead-up to the putsch as proof that the cleric had been behind the coup. He said confessions of alleged coup plotters implicating Gulen were dubious because of accusations that their testimonies had been "obtained under duress and sometimes torture".

Addressing his supporters at an event to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the bloody attempted coup, here yesterday, Erdogan promised that there will be no let up against those seeking to sow discord in Turkey.

Since the failed coup, 50,000 Turks have been arrested and another 150,000 sacked on suspicion of being involved in the bid to overthrow Erdogan's government. "July 15 is such a date for the Republic of Turkey", he added.

Patriotic placards also hang between the minarets of some of the city's greatest Ottoman mosques.

"It's one year since the darkest night was turned into an epic", Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a special session of parliament that kicked off a day of celebrations set to last until dawn. Erdoğan also said that the fact that Turkey's efforts to dismiss public officials over their suspected links to the Gülenists was met with criticism from the west "raised questions regarding the west's commitment to my country's democracy and security".

Erdogan will later return to Ankara and at 2300 GMT give a speech in parliament to mark the time it was bombed.

A monument to those killed will then be unveiled outside the presidential palace in the capital as the dawn call to prayer rings out.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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