Mass incarcerations and judicial dismissals take place following an attempt by a faction of the Turkish armed forces to seize control of the Turkish government, leading many to believe that the coup attempt was self serving for the Erdogan presidency.

Over the course of nearly 13.5 hours the attempted coup claimed the lives of 265 people as battles took place in Istanbul and the Turkish capital of Ankara, leading to the arrest of nearly 3,000 soldiers taking part in the coup.

The majority of the arrested soldiers are reportedly members of the lower ranks and a few have come out and said that they weren’t aware of the fact that they were staging a coup, instead being told by commanding officers they were participating in exercises.

Fethullah Gulen, a prominent muslim cleric and political opponent to president Erdogan, has stated that it is possible that the coup was staged by Erdogan to further persecute his political adversaries. Gulen and his followers were, however, deemed responsible for the coup by Erdogan.

Since the coup attempt was stopped 2,745 judges have been removed from their positions. Those sceptical of the coups legitimacy believe that the near future may hold changes to the constitution and a snap election in which a boost in public opinion will keep Erdogan in power for up to 15 years.

Others believe that the government may have known about the coup attempt ahead of time and allowed it to proceed. Erdogan himself, reportedly, referred to the coup as “a gift from God”.

 

 

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