Turkish Coup Anniversary: Erdogan Accused of Using It to Create 'Dictatorship'

by Antonio Miles July 15, 2017, 0:30
Turkish Coup Anniversary: Erdogan Accused of Using It to Create 'Dictatorship'

"It was a terrorist coup attempt perpetrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization", Fatih Ulusoy said, during a news conference held at his office in Addis Ababa to mark the first anniversary of the July 15, 2016 defeated coup attempt.

The Turkish President said country was 'able to stand on its own two feet'. Five days after the coup, Mr. Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency - since extended - that critics say has been the vehicle to amass ever-more authority while undercutting the civil service, the press and the independent judiciary.

Heeding a call by Mr Erdogan broadcast on CNN-Turk through a video app, thousands of people took to the streets to stop the tanks and soldiers.

He said that the prospect of being a full union member was "not indispensable for us" and attacked EU officials for "wasting our time". "We will continue to remember July 15 with more comprehensive programs in the future", he said.

Members of worldwide media are being hosted in Ankara by Turkey's Directorate General of Press and Information.

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"They are working more seriously on the issue, and there have been a number of contacts on that regard", Klç noted, specifically referencing a visit by the Turkey's foreign minister and justice minister, who presented "additional files" of evidence against Gulen to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May.

According to the BBC report, some 160 media outlets had been closed down in Turkey and 2,500 journalists or media workers were sacked from their jobs. "No-one is jailed because of journalism here", Erdoğan claimed. Over 50,000 people were arrested, and 140,000 dismissed or suspended on suspicion of being linked to US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Ministers and senior government officials have been tasked with engaging with worldwide media in the framework of a series of events lined up by the Turkish government to mark the first anniversary of the coup attempt.

After the attempted coup, he hoped for a "better life and democracy". "There are important turning points in the histories of nations and states, which direct their future".


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