Gulen blasts 'despicable' 2016 Turkey coup bid, subsequent

Marie Harrington
July 15, 2017

"I don't know any other power which is stronger than public's power... and it's not possible to accept military government", he said.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest remarks came in an interview with the BBC, which is set to be broadcast in full on the eve of the anniversary of the 15 July failed coup.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might receive an arrest warrant from Sweden after the European lawmakers filed a complaint against the Turkish leader, accusing him of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. "These are issues to discussed and decided at the National Security Council (MGK)", he stressed.

"The Government of Turkey has repeatedly extended its state of emergency authority since the failed coup attempt in July 2016", the group wrote in a letter to Trump. "At the sight of fighter jets flying over Ankara and Istanbul, we knew something was wrong", he said.

As a result of the large-scale operations held by the Turkish Armed Forces and the police, the coup attempt was prevented on July 16.

"We have to celebrate this victory of the people, how they overcame the tanks, and how they stood for their democracy". Even recently they did it during the justice march.

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A former Istanbul governor was among those dismissed. "We are concerned that, under the state of emergency, at least nine Americans and one consulate employee have been detained and imprisoned on what appear to be false charges".

While many are linked to publications that were owned and operated by the Fethullah Gulen movement in the past, the number of jailed journalists also include various pro-Kurdish writers and 12 staff from the staunchly secular Cumhuriyet newspaper.

The Turkish military, which has long seen itself as the ultimate guardian of the secular revolution launched by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state, had staged a series of coups against democratically elected governments from 1960 to 1997.

"We are talking about a structure (going back) more than 40 years, hence it is not possible to cleanse it in one day".

Asked whether he personally believed that Turkey would be better out of the EU, Erdogan said Turkish people's opinion of the bloc had changed over time.

He said that the prospect of being a full union member was "not indispensable for us" and attacked EU officials for "wasting our time".

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