Turkey: Commemorations for fourth anniversary of coup

Erdogan in parliament with families of victims

15 July, 13:04

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, 15 LUG - Turkey on Wednesday is commemorating the fourth anniversary of the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    During the night between July 15 and July 16, 2016, part of the armed forces and security forces carried out a series of subversive actions, concentrated mainly in Istanbul and the capital Ankara, to try to militarily overthrow the government.

    The attempted coup was defeated following strategic errors by coup leaders, internal reactions by the government, and popular protests encouraged by Erdogan.

    The clashes caused more than 250 deaths and injured 2,000.

    In the post-coup repression, nearly 100,000 people were arrested and more than 150,000 purged from public administration, eliciting accusations that Erdogan was using his extraordinary powers under the state of emergency to indiscriminately hit the opposition.

    Numerous commemoration events are planned across the country on Wednesday, amidst tight anti-Covid-19 measures.

    Erdogan will participate in a ceremony in parliament and will meet with some survivors and family members of victims, and he is scheduled to deliver a speech to the nation in the evening.

    Turkish authorities immediately blamed the coup on the network led by magnate and imam Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who became the president's number one enemy after an explosive split in 2013.

    Gulen, who has been living in self-exile in the US since 1999, has consistently denied the accusation that he engineered the coup.

    Ankara has repeatedly called on the US to extradite Fethullah, but the US has always denied the request, maintaining that there is an insufficient legal basis. (ANSAmed).

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