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.
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.