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    Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish national flags during a rally at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 18, 2016 following the military failed coup attempt of July 15

    Erdogan Hints at Executing 13,000, Exits European Human Rights Convention

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    Turkish authorities have arrested more than 13,000 people believed to be tied to the coup attempt and have gutted the country’s civil services sector suspending over 60,000 educators, judges and police.

    "'Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons for years to come?' – that’s what the people say," said Erdogan. "The people now have the idea, after so many terrorist incidents, that these terrorists should be killed, that’s where they are, they don’t see any other outcome to it."

    In the wake of the coup, the Erdogan government immediately withdrew from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, which bans executions, raising the likelihood of mass executions.

    ​Erdogan’s Turkey now finds itself in a state of disrepair in the wake of a failed coup attempt that left at least 246 dead and more than 2,000 injured as the country’s president called his people to go into the streets and clash with the military forces attempting to overthrow the government. The coup forces, which labelled themselves a Peace Council, opened fire on civilians with helicopters, tanks, and automatic rifles.

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday authorities had imprisoned over 13,000 people on accusations of treason, including 8,831 soldiers and 2,745 judges – 36% of the entire Turkish judiciary.

    ​"The cleansing is continuing, and we remain very determined," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech late Wednesday describing opposition as a "virus" within the Turkish military and state institutions that had spread like "cancer."

    Many worry that the government’s dragnet has extended well beyond those who could have been connected to the botched coup plot or even sympathizers to the cause in light of President Erdogan’s move in June to pass a constitutional amendment revoking legislative immunity for Kurdish opposition lawmakers from the HDP. Erdogan also successfully pushed to expand the country’s “terrorist” laws to extend to virtually any opposition member deemed by decree. 

    ​Erdogan has proven to have a tenuous grasp of the notion of civil liberties and democracy cracking down with wanton fury against opposition journalists and, in fact, criminalizing nearly all forms of opposition to his government. Still many wonder whether the increasingly autocratic Turkish government is willing to execute thousands which would all but forever exclude the country from the European Union and NATO limiting Erdogan’s level of influence on the international stage.

    ​Equally troubling are the prison conditions for those accused of treason, an imprisonment of the kind that may be worse than death and that is to persist indefinitely for those convicted. The conditions evidenced in the photo below suggest that whether or not the accused are formally executed their time may be limited.

    ​Will the Erdogan regime fly off the rails even further and engage in a public horror show leading to the deaths of thousands? The leadership may overestimate their hand in light of NATO’s decision to increase funding to Turkey following the 1980 coup where over 650,000 individuals were arrested, over 500 were executed, and hundreds of others died in prison.

    ​That appears to be the case with the Turkish Labor Minister accusing the United States of being behind the coup attempt in an interview with HaberTurk last week followed by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim threatening all-out war on "any country" that supports alleged coup mastermind and US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen – a not so veiled warning to the United States.

    Additionally, the rift between the United States and Turkey once thought to be impossible looks to worsen in the coming weeks as Washington continues to deny Ankara’s extradition request citing US law that expressly prohibits extraditing an individual without sufficient evidence – a condition not required in Turkey.

    The legal challenges faced by the Obama administration appear to be lost on Erdogan who said to the Obama administration "So now you ask someone to be extradited, you’re my strategic partner I do obey, I do abide by that, but you don’t do the same thing – well, of course, there should be reciprocity in the types of things."

    Despite the Erdogan regime’s willingness to arrest tens of thousands while the world intently watches, its cavalier threats and accusations against its long-time ally, and a statement by President Erdogan himself calling for mass executions the prospect remains almost unthinkable although only time will tell.

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      Want2B Wiseguy
      Damn, governments are dangerous. They need to be banned, along with their stupid magical borders. I wonder if people will ever figure that their corrupt governments are where the purges need to take place? Governments have killed 10s of millions in the last 100 years. Please stop voting for them.
    • avatar
      ozcanerdonmezin reply toYay, Bubbles!(Show commentHide comment)
      Yay, Bubbles!,

      Pakistan has enough nuclear weapons, they don't need yours.
    • avatar
      tony pin reply toMarc Nonnenkamp(Show commentHide comment)
      Marc Nonnenkamp, There is no free world ... anywhere.
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      tony p
      Yay, Bubbles!, That's what needs to happen in Ukraine, split the country on religious borders.
    • avatar
      michael
      ah yes, all of a sudden the power of the People is used, everything is done in the name of the People...for a short while at least.
    • avatar
      michaelin reply toThecycnic(Show commentHide comment)
      Thecycnic, nicely summarised. :)
    • avatar
      michaelin reply toWant2B Wiseguy(Show commentHide comment)
      Want2B Wiseguy, as I wrote to another commentator, from a graffitied wall;
      Don't vote it only encourages them. :)
    • Hans_br_berg
      If he kills 13000, then i am sure Sultan will be in big trouble, i am pretty sure Sultan is not going to execute anyone
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      jdoza
      Since Sultan Erdogan was once a Gulanist, is he going to arrest himself?
    • avatar
      papimalo
      These are the guys who accuse Assad of "murdering his own people".
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Erdogan must be taken into custody immediately by the EU forces and the US must take control of their nukes immediately. Unless of course this is a false flag being staged in saying Erdogan has control of the American nukes in his country .........this way the powers that be would confiscate some nukes in the name of chaos and radicals in Turkey. Then once some nukes are stolen and in their possession they might conduct a staged event somewhere else in the world. Or Putin could be set up in the ugliest possible way. Anyway this is getting real ugly in Turkey.
    • Hans_br_bergin reply tojdoza(Show commentHide comment)
      jdoza, this is funny
    • Hans_br_bergin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, agree
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      ViTranin reply toHans_br_berg(Show commentHide comment)
      Hans_br_berg, Cheers
    • Eagleone
      So they can round up in a matter of days 13,000 suspects of the coup for execution and 60,000 others in a cleanse of the country... but they can't arrest a single isis fighter in how many years of the Syrian conflict?

      Priorities I know, but that is ridiculous. I vote for them out of NATO 2-years ago. Clearly they are the logistics, supplier, and patron of isis.
    • Eagleone
      To me it looks like a repeat of the 'nkvd' in bolshivik Russia, or the brown shirts in nazi Germany.
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      l.
      We are getting into the same scenario than with Germany in the past. And if the international community doesn't do anything, this means other countries will do the same than Turkey.
      We think that democracy is granted, but be carefull, citizen, ...1!!
    • Marc Nonnenkampin reply totony p(Show commentHide comment)
      tony p, sad to say it looks like you are right. Even the so-called "democracies" are not truly free anymore.
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      maxxus
      Hellloooooo! Have I been shouting down an endless tunnel? He is not simply megalomaniacal, cunning, paranoid, ruthless (which already makes him a latterday Stalin), he is a biological psychopath. Does anybody listen to me?
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      jimbogoofballin reply tomaxxus(Show commentHide comment)
      maxxus,
      He is standing up to usa. It is about time somebody did. I hope Erdo can pull it off. These fifth columb needs to be executed. These color revolutions by usa need to stop. Kill them all Erdo. They really do deserve it for trying to overthrow your goverment on usa orders.
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