Authorities Arrest 6,000 As Turkey Cracks Down On Army and Judges after Failed Coup, EU Says Turkey Had Lists Ready

8,000 Police Officers Removed – Says Security Official, and EU Alerts of Reviving Death Penalty

تم نشره في Mon 18 July / Jul 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Turkish Supporters are silhouetted against a screen showing President Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-government demonstration in Ankara, Turkey, July 17, 2016. – (Reuters)

ISTANBUL/ANKARA —Turkey removed 8,000 police personnel across the country, including Istanbul and Turkish capital Ankara due to alleged links with Friday’s failed coup attempt, a senior security official told Reuters on Monday, after the crackdown on suspected supporters of coup had widened Sunday, taking the number of people rounded up in the armed forces and judiciary to 6,000 personnel.

Anti-Coup Protestors Beating on Turkish Soldier - (NBC News)

The moves come days after a failed coup attempt the government blames on a “parallel state” led by self-exiled Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.

He said a "terror group" led by Gulen had "ruined" the armed forces, that its members were being arrested in all military ranks, and that a purge of this "virus" would continue. Gulen denied any connection with the coup.

The president has called on Turks to stay on the streets until Friday, and late into Sunday night, his supporters thronged squares and streets, honking horns and waving flags.

Pictures on social media showed detained soldiers stripped to the waist, some wearing only their underpants, handcuffed and lying packed together on the floor of a sports hall where they were being held in Ankara.

Erdogan's supporters of gathered in front of his Istanbul home to call for the plotters to face the death penalty, which Turkey outlawed in 2004 as part of its efforts to join the European Union.

Erdogan Speaking to the Crowds - (Newsapi)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday there could be no delay in using capital punishment, "We cannot ignore this demand," Erdogan told the chanting crowd. "In democracies, whatever the people say has to happen."

EU official stand alert of possible revival of the Death Penalty to aggravators of the failed coup.

The Turkish authorities must respect constitutional and fundamental rights in responding to the failed military coup, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday.

"We call for the full observance of Turkey's constitutional order and we as the European Union stress the importance for the rule of law prevailing in the country," she told a news conference after EU foreign ministers met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Brussels.

It would be unacceptable for Turkey to reintroduce the death penalty in response to Friday's failed coup, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in an interview published on Monday before a meeting with his EU counterparts.

The swift rounding up of judges and others after a failed coup in Turkey indicated the government had prepared a list beforehand, the EU commissioner dealing with Turkey's membership bid, Johannes Hahn, said on Monday.