President Erdogan celebrates failed coup in Turkey on first anniversary

President Erdogan celebrates failed coup in Turkey on first anniversary

President Erdogan celebrates failed coup in Turkey on first anniversary

The rally, protesting the post-coup crackdown, called for an end to the State of Emergency that was declared shortly after the attempted coup, that has allowed the Turkish government to rule by decree, without having to consult parliament.

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Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency as saying the government was proposing to the national security council to extend the state of emergency. The United States has condemned the coup, but has disagreed with Ankara on several issues. "At the sight of fighter jets flying over Ankara and Istanbul, we knew something was wrong", he said.

"Under the state of emergency, Turkish authorities have arrested, detained, and fired scores of alleged coup plotters and thousands of others without due process".

"We have to celebrate this victory of the people, how they overcame the tanks, and how they stood for their democracy".

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Once one of the country's top sporting heroes, Sukur powered Turkey to third place in the 2002 World Cup where he scored the fastest goal in the competition's history. It is one of the many works to keep the memory of the martyrs alive.

"In the following hours this feeling intensified by the horrifying realization that it was beyond a military coup, and that the perpetrators of this disgusting undertaking consisted of the disciples of Gulen, a man who called himself Imam of the Universe", he said.

Mr Erdogan said the majority of Turks did not "want the European Union anymore" and believed its approach to Turkey was "insincere".

Turkey's Justice Ministry has announced that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since a failed coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

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