UCF Global Perspectives


The Purge: Failed Turkish Coup

Elizabeth Lisowski, Senior Intern, Middle East

July 20, 2016

A faction of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the government Friday night, hijacking fighter jets and helicopters to strike key installations and security forces (Reuters). Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed the coup on Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in Pennsylvania, and said there was a formal request for Gulen’s extradition (WP). President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired an emergency meeting of the National Security Council, after which, he declared a state of emergency for the next three months (ITV). United States Secretary of State John Kerry urged Erdogan to remain within democratic and legal bounds while pursuing suspected coup supporters (Al-Monitor).

Turkish authorities began purging state institutions to remove the influence of followers of Gulen (NYT). All academics have been banned from travelling abroad and 1,577 university deans, 21,000 teachers and 15,000 education ministry officials have been asked to resign (BBC). More than 45,000 military officials, police officers, judges, governors and civil servants have also been fired, detained or suspended (WP). The Religious Affairs Directorate issued a statement that religious funerary services, including funeral prayers, would not be offered to soldiers involved in the failed coup (Hurriyet).





http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/world/europe/turkey-erdogan-gulen.html   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/turkey-evidence-gulen-role-coup-160719083100864.html





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