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Turkey dismisses 7400 civil servants in latest anti-coup purge

16 July 2017, 05:39 | Melissa Porter

Turkey dismisses 7400 civil servants in latest anti-coup purge

The Latest: Erdogan returns to Turkey's capital for ceremony

"The treachery we face makes us stronger", he said, speaking at a bridge that was the scene of major clashes during the July 2016 violence.

The massive crowd, waving flags on the bridge and the highway connecting to it, was filmed with drones.

People wave Turkish national flags as they stand near the "July 15 Martyrs Bridge" (Bosphorus Bridge) in Istanbul on July 15, 2017.

Thousands of people, heeding a call by Erdogan, took to the streets previous year to stop the coup attempt and clashed with the coup plotters.

Erdogan is scheduled to join the crowds and inaugurate a memorial in honor of those killed.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition Republican People's Party, recently led a long trek through Turkey, about 250 miles over three-and-a-half weeks, to demand that the government loosen its stranglehold on the country's democracy. He criticized the government for making the state of emergency imposed in its aftermath "permanent". "These terrorist organizations and other are not only comprised of what you can see when you look at them, we know this very well", Erdogan said. "Over the previous year, the judicial proceedings... moved outside the framework of the law", Kilicdaroglu, whose party will boycott commemoration ceremonies later in the day, told parliament. The coup plotters bombed the country's parliament and other state buildings.

Since the coup, the government has dismissed more than 150,000 employees from state institutions in a purge that continued until the anniversary's eve. More than 50,000 people have also been arrested for alleged links to US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey blames for orchestrating the failed coup, and other terror groups.

The government has blamed the coup attempt on loyalists of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in exile in Pennsylvania.

The government has since purged more than 142,000 people from the civil service and the military using emergency decrees.


Turkey has arrested over 50,000 suspected supporters of Gulen and dismissed more than 100,000 public servants from the government since the coup. The order reinstated 313 people to their jobs.

The government decree also stripped almost 350 soldiers of their ranks and former national soccer team players Hakan Sukur and Arif Erdem of their medals.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday threatened to "chop off the heads" of traitors, in a speech marking the first anniversary of the failed coup bid that aimed to oust him from power.

Recounting the events of July 15, 2016, Ismail Kahraman, speaker of the Turkish parliament, said the Turkish people defeated the coup.

The still-murky background to the coup attempt and the staggering number of people caught up in the ensuing crackdown have fueled the apprehension.

The attempted coup took place July 15, 2016, undertaken by a faction of the military Tanks rolled into the streets of Turkey's two largest cities, Ankara and Instanbul. The government is organising a "national unity march" at the iconic bridge where putschists shot civilians in Istanbul.

Turkish soldiers attempted to overthrow the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan using tanks, warplanes and helicopters on July 15 a year ago.

Heeding a call by the president and ignoring a curfew announced by the coup plotters, thousands of people went out on the streets to resist the coup.

About 250 people died standing up to the soldiers who took part in the uprising.



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