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The Sultan’s Scimitar

After the failed coup, the purge. Turkey’s president, Erdogan, shows a heavy hand.

The Sultan’s Scimitar
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Set against a backdrop of flag-waving supporters, Erdogan mourns at the funeral of two anti-coup Turks
The Sultan’s Scimitar
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2016-07-22T22:40:33+05:30

Out Of Ankara

  • A failed coup in Turkey on July 16 resulted in the death of around 300 people, including plotters, civilians and pro-government forces
  • Around 50,000 state workers—policemen, army personnel, judges and teachers—were arrested/suspended
  • Erdogan blames the coup on supporters of US-based Turkish religious leader Fethullah Gullen
  • Turkey demanded the extradition of eight army officers who fled to Greece.  A Greek court has sentenced them to two months in prison. There are also rumours of 14 missing warships under rebel command.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not known to be a leader who takes dissent lightly. He has earned the dubious track record of going after his critics—irrespective of age, sex or nationality—in so ruthless a manner that though he is admired by a large number of Turks, he is also despised in equal measure by people who regard him as modern Turkey’s most divisive and authoritarian leader.

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