Turkish president raises death penalty again on coup anniversary

Pauline Gross
July 16, 2017

Gulen has denied the allegations.

"The past year has taken a toll on me as hundreds of thousands of innocent Turkish citizens are being punished simply because the government decides they are somehow "connected" to me or the Hizmet movement and treats that alleged connection as a crime", Gulen said.

Thousands are expected to turn out for "national unity marches" in Istanbul and Ankara over the weekend, as Turkey commemorates one year since authorities quashed last summer's coup attempt. He said the failed coup had allowed Turkey to distinguish its friends from its foes but would not name the countries saying he wanted to avoid "a serious global crisis".

Turkey witnessed a dramatic attempt to overthrow Erdogan, resulting in the killing of up to 260 people and leaving more than 2,000 injured.

On July 14, the government said it had dismissed another 7,000 police, civil servants, and academics for suspected links to the coup attempt.

He alleged that an influential Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who had been in exile in the USA since 1999, masterminded the botched attack. He said that it was the prime responsibility of any state to take necessary measures to confront the threats against its state and the people, so what the Turkish government did at that time.

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Turkey claims the coup was led by a cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States for almost two decades. "My people also owned up to their parliament that night to the death to not leave their sovereignty to the enemies", he said.

Police killed five Islamic State militants in a dawn raid on a house in the central city of Konya on Wednesday, the local governor's office said, adding that four police officers were slightly wounded.

"I reiterate my strong message that any attempt to undermine democracy in any of our allied countries is unacceptable", he said.

Tens of thousands marched to the Bosphorus Bridge, which was officially renamed as the 15 July Martyrs Bridge in commemoration of those, who died fighting against the military coup in 2016.

The government has since dismissed more than 150,000 state employees, saying it is rooting out coup supporters.

Just after midnight, early Sunday morning, all mosques across Turkey - estimated to number around 90,000 - will simultaneously call out prayers in memory of the events on the night of the failed putsch, when preachers urged citizens to take to the streets.

Other reports by GizPress

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