Turks commemorate failed coup with huge march

Turks commemorate failed coup with huge march

Marches will also be taking place in Ankara.

"First of all we will chop off the heads of those traitors", Erdogan said, reaffirming he would sign any passed by parliament bill on resuming executions. Numerous top army officials who admit to charges that they were coup plotters deny that they are linked to Gulen.

"When they appear in court, let's make them appear in uniform suits like in Guantanamo", Erdogan said to cheers, before unveiling a memorial to the victims. A day after the coup, the New York Times' editorial described the purges as a counter-coup, and expected the Turkish president to "become more vengeful and obsessed with control than ever, exploiting the crisis not just to punish mutinous soldiers but to further quash whatever dissent is left in Turkey".

Erdogan will fly to Istanbul to take part in a people's march on the bridge across the Bosphorus, where bloody fighting occurred during the botched coup.

Thousands carry Turkish flags while others chant 'we are soldiers of Tayyip [Erdogan]' to mark July 2016 attack.

The Consul General recalled how several people in Mumbai reached out to him to deplore the coup attempt and express relief at its failure.

Erdogan praised their bravery saying they were armed only with Turkish flags and "their faith" while resisting coup-plotters in their tanks.

Ankara blames US-based Fethullah Gulen and the followers of the Gulen movement called the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), for orchestrating the coup attempt.

Some 250 people were killed in the failed coup attempt, and more than 2,000 were injured. Erdogan also shored up his position by winning a referendum on enhancing his powers earlier this year.

In the latest dismissals, another 7,563 police, soldiers and other state employees were fired late Friday under the state of emergency that has been in place since July 20 a year ago.

Turkey's opposition put political disputes aside on the night of the putsch but the scale of the purge has intensified political divisions.

Opposition CHP party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu failed to take the bull by the horns.

They were speaking at a special parliamentary session commemorating the first anniversary of the failed coup.

Hundreds of journalists from around the world are being hosted by the Directorate of Press and Information under the Republic of Turkey's Prime Ministry to get a better picture of what happened on July 15 past year and the government's subsequent handling of its aftermath.

Since July 15, 2016, the rule of law in the country has degraded at an alarming speed and scale. Gülen has denied any involvement.

As part of the commemoration, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flew to Istanbul on Saturday and was photographed waving at a fighter jet escorting his aircraft. Public transportation in Istanbul and Ankara are free over the weekend, and bus destination signs were displaying messages of congratulations.

Meanwhile, trucks belonging to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, which were used to prevent tanks from leaving barracks on the night of the coup attempt, formed a convoy in Istanbul's Kartal district on the Asian side.

A monument to those killed will then be unveiled outside his palace in the capital as the dawn call to prayer rings out.

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