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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:17 pm

Turkey orders shut-down of over 130 media outlets
and dismisses 2,400 military personnel


Turkish authorities ordered the closure of more than 130 media outlets on Wednesday in a crackdown following July’s failed coup, Reuters reports, citing CNN Turk. Some 2,400 military personnel were also sacked in the Turkish government’s latest move.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:54 pm

The Turkish government shutdown three news agencies, 23 radio stations, 16 TV channels, 45 newspapers, 15 magazines, and 29 publishers and distributors in their crackdown on the media.
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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:14 pm

Turkish authorities ordered the closure of more than 130 media outlets on Wednesday in a crackdown following July’s failed coup, Reuters reports, citing CNN Turk. Some 1,600 military personnel were also sacked in the Turkish government’s latest move.

The Turkish government shutdown three news agencies, 23 radio stations, 16 TV channels, 45 newspapers, 15 magazines, and 29 publishers and distributors in their crackdown on the media.

The army saw 1,684 soldiers discharged, according to the government decree cited by CNN Turk.

In the wake of the coup attempt, Turkey is also planning to shut down all of the country’s military schools, Al Jazeera Turk reports, citing government sources. A decree is set to be released that will expel all military cadets from military high schools, but they will be able to continue their education at regular schools, according to the outlet.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish authorities ordered that 47 journalists from a formerly oppositional newspaper be detained. “Today's detentions cover executives and some staff including columnists of Zaman newspaper,” a government official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity, as cited by Reuters.

According to the latest figures announced by the Turkish Interior Minister Efkana Ala, more than 15,000 people have been detained since the failed coup. A total of 8,113 people have been formally arrested and are awaiting trial.

The Turkish military confirmed on Wednesday that 8,651 soldiers had taken part in the failed coup.

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Benny » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:24 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/ ... cher-gulen

47 executives and journalists connected to the newspaper Zaman have been detained.

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Benny » Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:51 am

CNN has an update on the numbers arrested, detained, fired, suspended and so on:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/29/europ ... index.html

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Jul 30, 2016 5:40 pm

Benny wrote:CNN has an update on the numbers arrested, detained, fired, suspended and so on:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/29/europ ... index.html

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In addition to mass arrests, Turkish authorities have fired or suspended at least 60,000 people from various institutions, including some from state-run organizations, according to Andalou. Among those affected:

42,767 people in the Ministry of Education including 21,738 suspended government workers and 21,029 public staff education members
8,777 Ministry of Interior personnel
2,745 judges and prosecutors have been listed for detention
1,700 soldiers -- including 87 generals
1,577 university deans have been asked to resign
1,112 officials removed in the Presidency of Religious Affairs
673 staff members at the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Stockbreeding
599 officials from the Family and Social Policies Ministry
560 Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology personnel
529 Ministry of Transportation officials
500 officials at the Ministry of Finance
300 Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources staff
300 TRT employees
257 officials removed from duty in the Prime Minister's Office
265 Ministry of Youth and Sports workers
262 military judges and prosecutors
221 officials Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs
211 Turkish Airlines contracts have been terminated
184 Ministry of Customs and Commerce officials
180 Ministry of Labor and Social Security personnel
167 staff members at the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation
110 Ministry of Culture and Tourism employees
100 Turkish intelligence service personnel
86 people removed at the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency
86 staff dismissed at Ministry of Foreign Affairs including removal of Central Ambassadors Gurcan Balik and Tuncay Babali
82 Development Ministry workers
51 people at the Istanbul Stock Exchange while 36 have been terminated at the Capital Market Council
36 Energy Market Regulatory employees
29 Radio and Television Supreme Council workers
22 employees at the Housing Development Administration of Turkey
21 Turkish Statistical Institute workers
15 Ministry of Economy staff members
2 general directors, 1 deputy director general, and 5 department heads at Treasury
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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Jul 30, 2016 9:49 pm

Erdogan cancels 50,000 passports in latest post-coup crackdown in Turkey
as he tells Western leaders who criticise him: 'Mind your own business!'

Recep Erdogan described criticism of him post coup as 'anti democratic'
He has sacked 40 per cent of his generals and admirals as part of the purge
99 colonels loyal to him have been promoted causing concern in NATO
He described world leader reaction as 'shameful in the name of democracy'


Turkish President Recep Erdogan has cancelled 50,000 passports as his post-coup crackdown continues amid criticism from western states.

Some 60,000 people have been arrested, removed from their jobs or suspended in the two weeks following the botched putsch.

Dismissing the criticism, Erdogan has warned Western leaders to mind their own business as he strengthens his grip on the nation. He even intimated that the United States could have been supporting the plot.

Speaking last night to hundreds of supporters in the presidential palace in Ankara, he said: 'The attitude of many countries and their officials over the coup attempt in Turkey is shameful in the name of democracy.

'Any country and any leader who does not worry about the life of Turkish people and our democracy as much as they worry about the fate of coupists are not our friends.'

Erdogan claims he was almost killed on the night when 237 people died and a further 2,100 were injured during the failed military coup.

However, Erdogan's response to the attempt has been criticised as the Turkish leader has been accused of attempting to consolidate his control on the nation by ousting people loyal to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Erdogan also criticised the European Council and the European Union, which Turkey aspires to be a part of, for their failure to pay a visit to offer condolences, saying their criticism was 'shameful'.

The Director of U.S. National Intelligence, James Clapper, said on Thursday the purges were harming the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq by sweeping away Turkish officers who had worked closely with the United States.

The head of U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel, said he believed some of the military figures whom the United States had worked with were in jail. Votel's comments drew condemnation from Erdogan.

Erdogan said: 'Instead of thanking this country which repelled a coup attempt, you take the side of the coup plotters. The putschist is in your country already.'

In a statement released by the U.S. military on Friday, General Votel said any claims that he was involved in a failed coup attempt in Turkey were 'unfortunate and completely inaccurate'.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz has also dismissed claims that Votel supported the coup plotters, and referred to President Barack Obama's comments from last week saying any reports that Washington had prior knowledge of the attempted overthrow were completely false.

Erdogan has blamed Gulen for masterminding the attempted coup and has called on Washington to extradite him. Turkish officials have suggested the U.S. can extradite him based on strong suspicion while President Obama last week insisted Turkey must first present evidence of Gulen's alleged complicity in the failed coup.

As part of the reorganisation of the Turkish military forces, Ankara announced that 99 colonels were being promoted to general or admiral to replace those who have been sacked in the purge.

So far 1,700 members of the military have been dishonorably discharged.

Four out of ten generals or admirals have so far been purched. .

Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik told broadcaster NTV on Friday that the shake-up in the military was not yet over, adding that military academies would now be a target of 'cleansing'.

The purges have also hit government ministries, schools and universities, the police, civil service, media and business.

Seventeen journalists were formally arrested late on Friday over their alleged links with the coup plot while four others were released. Arrest warrants for dozens of others were issued earlier this week.

The number of public sector workers removed from their posts since the coup attempt now stands at more than 66,000, including some 43,000 people in education, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.

Interior Minister Efkan Ala said more than 18,000 people had been detained over the failed coup, and that 50,000 passports had been cancelled. The labour ministry said it was investigating 1,300 staff over their possible involvement.

Erdogan has claimed that Gulen harnessed his extensive network of schools, charities and businesses, built up in Turkey and abroad over decades, to create a secretive 'parallel state' that aimed to take over the country.

Erdogan's critics say he is using the purges to crack down indiscriminately on dissent and to tighten his grip on power.

Prosecutors in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir issued orders to detain 200 police on Friday as part of the investigation targeting Gulenists, the Dogan news agency said.

In the Netherlands, a spokeswoman for the Gulenist community said supporters feared for their safety after dozens of death threats and acts of arson and vandalism in Dutch towns and cities in the past two weeks. Saniye Calkin said supporters in neighbouring Germany were reporting similar incidents.

Germany is home to Europe's largest Turkish diaspora, while the Netherlands also has around half a million ethnic Turks.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999, again maintained his innocence during an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper, saying he had himself suffered from previous coups in Turkey.

Asked why his once-warm ties with Erdogan and the AK Party had turned sour, Gulen said: 'It appears that after staying in power for too long, (they) are suffering from power poisoning.'

Meanwhile, rebel military officers killed in the abortive coup have been buried in a newly-constructed 'Traitors' Cemetery' built beside a dog kennel.

Captain Mehmet Karabekir's body was not washed before burial. Nobody recited prayers from the Koran before he was laid to rest in a hastily dug hole near an animal shelter, denied all Muslim rites.

Karabekir lies with no tombstone next to three other two-metre deep holes prepared with a mechanical digger. He was the first to be buried in a plot of land of about a quarter of an acre sectioned off last weekend in a disused part of a construction site on the eastern outskirts of Istanbul.

Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas called it 'The Traitors' Cemetery' - established, he said, specifically for coup plotters in the military.

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Benny » Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:54 am

Over 700 of the almost 1000 soldiers detained have now been released, according to the government:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/30/europ ... index.html

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:16 am

Benny wrote:https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/01/turkey-arrests-11-soldiers-over-alleged-erdogan-kidnap-bid

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Benny » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:39 pm

Erdogan slams the west for lack of support:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/turkish-pre ... -response/

The west is supporting terrorists and plotters, according to the president .

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:54 pm

Now Erdogan ‘wants to smash secret NATO army’ over alleged role in Turkey coup

Turkish media now claims operatives from the clandestine Cold War Operation Gladio took part in the bloodbath which killed 294 people and injured more than 1,400 others.

Turkey's government says the coup attempt was orchestrated by followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999.

Mr Gulen denies the charge and has condemned the coup.

Conspiracy theories over foreign involvement have been fuelled by Turkish media, with some claiming Mr Gulen is a member of the NATO secret army.

Operation Gladio was the codename for a clandestine NATO operation in Italy during the Cold War to prepare for and carry out armed resistance there in the event of a Warsaw Pact invasion and conquest.

Turkish journalist Ozcan Tikit wrote in Turkish newspaper Habertürk: “If one wants to again create relationship of trust with the Western institutions, Gladio in Turkey must be eliminated as it already was in several Western countries.”

President Erdogan is said to be determined to remove Gladio from Turkey.

Turkish propaganda claims the secret network is responsible for a number of political murders in the country.

The claim comes just days after President Erdogan fuelled speculation that the United States was involved in the coup.

He told Turkish media that Gulen was a pawn backed by a “mastermind”.

President Erdogan’s government has rounded up 60,000 people in the wake of the failed coup

Operation Gladio was the codename for a clandestine NATO operation in Italy during the Cold War

The Turkish President often refers to a "mastermind" in his speeches, a reference widely seen as an allusion to the West in general and the United States (US) more specifically.

The US has denied any involvement and any prior knowledge of the failed attempt to overthrow the government.

Turkey is currently under a state of emergency.

Since the failed coup President Erdogan’s government has rounded up 60,000 people including rebels, judges, civil servants and teachers.

Turkish politicians have been frustrated by US and European criticism of the purge that has followed the coup, accusing the West of greater concern about the rights of the plotters than the gravity of the threat to a NATO member state.

As part of the crackdown President Erdogan has issued two decrees dismissing around 3,000 members of NATO's second-biggest armed forces since the coup, including more than 40 per cent of generals.

He has also shut down military high schools and brought force commanders under tighter government control.

In the next 40 hours Turkey complete an overhaul of its intelligence agency and make new appointments to its gendarmerie as it tries to rid its security apparatus of reported followers of Mr Gulen.

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:00 pm

Germany warns Erdogan:
Bringing back death penalty will end Turkey's EU hopes

The German foreign minister warned Turkey on Thursday that reinstating the death penalty would end its EU membership hopes, amid deepening divisions with Ankara after Austria called for accession talks to be scrapped.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier cautioned the Turkish government against the move, which it has eyed amid sweeping purges in response to July's coup attempt.

Earlier, Christian Kern, the Austrian chancellor, described the talks on eventual Turkish accession as a “diplomatic fiction” in the wake of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on democratic freedoms since the failed military takeover.

Mr Kern said he would seek to have the talks formally closed at a meeting of EU leaders next month.

“We know the democratic standards in Turkey are nowhere near good enough to justify a candidacy for EU membership,” Mr Kern told Austrian television. “I see Turkish accession as an impossibility for years, if not for decades.”

The Turkish government reacted furiously, accusing Mr Kern of “far-Right” rhetoric.

“It's disturbing that his statements are similar to those of the far right,” Omer Celik, the Turkish minister for EU affairs, said. “Criticism is surely a democratic right but there has to be a difference between criticising Turkey and being against Turkey.”

The latest row comes with relations already under strain. Turkey has bridled at growing criticism of the crackdown from European capitals, and has made clear it does not regard the question of the death penalty as a matter for the EU.

And just days ago it threatened to withdraw from the controversial migrant deal with the EU, potentially sending hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers to Europe, unless its citizens are granted visa-free travel to the Schengen Area by October

Speeding up accession talks is another condition of the deal.

Austria, which has been one of Mr Erdogan’s leading EU critics since the coup attempt, dismissed the threat as brinkmanship.

“We must not come before Ankara on our knees,” Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian foreign minister, told Germany’s Spiegel magazine.

“We are not supplicants before Turkey,” he said, insisting the EU has the economic upper hand in any negotiations with Turkey.

But elsewhere in Europe there is growing concern at the possibility the migrant agreement may break down. Greece said on Thursday it was not ready to deal with a new influx of asylum-seekers.

“No country in Europe is ready,” Yiannis Mouzalas, the Greek migration minister, said. The EU would be “severely tested” if Turkey withdrew from the deal, he told Greek television.

Under the agreement, personally negotiated by Angela Merkel, Turkey has undertaken to prevent migrants entering the EU across its borders, and to take back asylum-seekers deported from Greece.

In return, the EU is to pay Turkey some €6bn in aid and accept one genuine Syrian refugee for every Syrian deported under the deal.

But talks have broken down over another part of the deal, in which Turkish citizens were to be granted visa-free travel to the Schengen Area.

The EU is insisting it will only grant the visa waiver if Turkey reforms its repressive anti-terror laws, which are used to silence critics of Mr Erdogan’s regime — a reform that seems unlikely in the wake of the post-coup crackdown.

Meanwhile critics of the deal have seized on the rape and beheading of a gay Syrian refugee in Istanbul last week as evidence asylum-seekers should not be deported to the country.

Muhammed Wisam Sankari vanished after leaving his house in the neighbourhood of Aksaray on July 23. He was found dead two days later, a mile away.

“They had cut Wisam violently. So violently that two knives had broken inside him,” a flatmate named only as Gorkem, who identified his body, told the Turkish LGBT magazine KaosGL.

“They had beheaded him. His upper body was beyond recognition, his internal organs were out. We could only identify our friend from his pants.”

No suspects have been arrested in the case. Gorkem claimed it was not the first time Mr Sankari had been attacked, and said police failed to act after an earlier incident when he was kidnapped, taken to a forest outside Istanbul, beaten and raped.

The migrant agreement has come under fire for the assumption Turkey is a “safe country” for refugees. Human rights organisations like Amnesty International have warned it does not offer full protection under the UN Refugee Convention.

Gay rights activists say homosexual refugees are at particular risk in Turkey. But in June, Greece deported a gay Syrian refugee to Turkey after the Greek courts ruled Turkey was a safe country for him.

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Re: Military coup in Turkey

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:18 pm

President Erdogan's attempts to silence Turkish satirists: not working

Turkey is still reverberating from the failed coup attempt on July 15. For President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it means a government purge of thousands or people and the detention of thousands more. It also means a crackdown on the press, including Turkey's lively satirical press.

"Political satire is maybe the most radical outlet for criticism of the government, " says Jonathan Guyer of the Institute of Current World Affairs. He recently spent a month in Istanbul researching the city's comic and cartoon scene and happened to leave just two days before the coup attempt.

"This is one of the funniest societies when it comes to political cartoons and comics," says Guyer. "Turkey has one of the most advanced comic scenes in the world, probably the third largest after Japan and the United States. It has a half-dozen weekly comic magazines, plus political cartoons are just huge in the daily newspapers, online, Facebook, Twitter."

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:23 pm

'You're on another planet!' Fuming Germany savages Turkey's Erdogan as relations nosedive

Germany has launched a stinging attack on Turkey as talks break down between the two countries

With rising anger in both Berlin and Ankara the situation has become so strained that there is now virtually "no basis" for talks between the two, according to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

His blunt remarks come amid growing uncertainty over the future of an EU-Turkey deal on migration which is seen as essential to controlling Europe's refugee crisis.

Good relations between Berlin and Ankara are essential if the agreement is to hold, but the recent failed coup in Turkey and Germany’s response has seen tensions escalate.

And today Mr Steinmeier ratcheted up the rhetoric another notch, saying that Germany has serious concern about mass arrests carried out by Turkish officials after the thwarted coup.

Some 60,000 teachers, judges, civil servants and member of the military have been detained in a purge by President Erdogan’s government.

At the same time, Turkey feels Germany has not taken the July 15 coup attempt seriously, and its government is angered by German media reports suggesting it was orchestrated by Erdogan and his supporters.

Mr Steinmeier said: "We are talking with each other like emissaries from two different planets.

"There is essentially no basis for understanding, no basis for discussions."

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said there is virtually no basis for talks

Turkey feels Germany has not taken the July 15 coup attempt seriously

Relations between Germany and Turkey have been tense for months following a June 2 vote by the German parliament to brand the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, a move sharply criticised by President Erdogan and other Turkish officials.

Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Erdogan during a NATO summit in Warsaw shortly before the abortive coup to try to repair the relationship, but later said the differences would not "just disappear".

Since that vote, Turkey has denied German parliamentarians access to the Incirlik airbase, where 250 German soldiers are taking part in NATO operations against Islamic State militants.

Mr Steinmeier last spoke with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday and assured him that Germany did view the attempted coup as a serious matter, while insisting on the right to question whether Erdogan's response had been appropriate.

He said: "We must be allowed to ask if mass arrests of tens of thousands of lawyers, judges, journalists, soldiers, closure of broadcast stations and shutdowns of newspaper - were carried out under the rule of law.

"We are trying to end the current situation, which is unsatisfactory but also dangerous, in which we are only communicating via megaphones, or microphones and cameras.”

Tensions have escalated in the wake of the failed military coup in Turkey

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