Turkey Commemorates Anniversary of Coup Defeat

Turkey is commemorating the third anniversary of the defeat of a military coup; but, the fallout from the botched takeover is deepening political divisions within the country and continuing to strain ties with its Western allies.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday attended a series of events in the capital, Ankara, to mark the anniversary of the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. He also visited the national security forces headquarters, the scene of bloody fighting on the night of the attempted coup. Erdogan was also attending a rally at Istanbul's Ataturk airport. The president's arrival at the airport on the night of the failed military takeover was widely seen as the turning point, where he rallied support against the attempted takeover.Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspects honor guard as he arrives for a special session of the Parliament, in Ankara, July 15, 2019.On the day of the failed coup, Erdogan was vacationing at a Turkish resort, narrowly escaping capture by rogue military forces.The parliament building and presidential palace were bombed by jets. More than 250 people were killed, and thousands more injured, most unarmed civilians resisting the takeover.Observers say Erdogan will seek to use the commemorations to consolidate his base amid growing voices of discontent and recent electoral setbacks. There is mounting criticism, even from his supporters, over the severity and duration of an ensuing crackdown. An estimated 150,000 people have been purged from their jobs and some 70,000 others jailed in the crackdown with arrests continuing to this day. Two-hundred media outlets have been closed, and dozens of reporters jailed. According to media watchdogs, Turkey is the world's biggest jailer of journalists.Initially, the crackdown was met with broad political support, but that consensus has long dissipated.Critics accuse Erdogan of using the crackdown to silence dissent, a charge made by many of Turkey's... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Turkey Commemorates Anniversary of Coup Defeat, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Turkey Commemorates Anniversary of Coup Defeat





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 15 July



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