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    New Coup Attempt in Turkey Unlikely – Opposition Leader

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    CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu claims that a new coup attempt is unlikely to happen in Turkey but speculations about the threat are being used to justify crackdown on rights and freedoms.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A new coup attempt is unlikely to happen in Turkey but speculations about the threat are being used to justify crackdown on rights and freedoms, Turkish opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    “Speaking about the threat of re-occurrence of the coup attempt, I believe that there is no such risk now. At the same time there are forces interested in creating and supporting an illusion of such a threat in the Turkish society in order to have an opportunity to use repressive methods further,” Kilicdaroglu said.

    He also said that the Turkish government may have known about the July attempted coup in advance.

    On July 15, a military coup attempt took place in Turkey. It was suppressed the following day. Over 240 people were killed during the coup attempt and an estimated 2,000 were wounded.

    Ankara accused Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his followers of playing a key role in the coup.

    According to the Turkish justice minister, a total of 32,000 military officers, high-ranking civil servants, judges and teachers suspected of being Gulen's supporters have been arrested in Turkey after the failed coup attempt.

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