Monday, October 31, 2016

A New Purge Is Underway In Turkey

A flag with the picture of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan is seen during the Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by him and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Bloomberg: Erdogan Renews Putsch Purge With Targets in Media, Academia

* Turkey detains editor-in-chief of opposition paper Cumhuriyet
* More than 110,000 state employees have been fired or detained

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed efforts to root out opposition to his rule since July’s failed coup, with officials arresting the top editor of a major paper and firing more than 1,200 professors.

Police detained Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu and prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 12 other executives, writers and cartoonists at the daily on suspicion of assisting both Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Erdogan accuses of masterminding the attempted overthrow, and the outlawed Kurdish rebel group PKK.

The raids came after the government shut down more than a dozen news outlets, most of them Kurdish, and tightened anti-terrorism laws under emergency powers granted after the botched July 15 putsch. Erdogan told a crowd of supporters in the capital Ankara on Saturday that he’ll sign a law reinstating the death penalty for crimes including treason as soon as parliament passes it. Also on Saturday, the U.S. ordered families of employees at its Istanbul complex to leave, citing increased risk of terrorist attacks.

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WNU Editor: On top of everything else, the Turkish President has made it clear that he wants his enemies executed .... Turkish President Erdogan says country's parliament will consider reintroducing death penalty (DW).

More News On Turkey Continuing To Purge And Arrest Members In The Government And Media

Turkey sacks 10,000 more civil servants; arrests newspaper staff in latest crackdown -- ABC News Online
Turkey fires more than 10,000 public officials -- CNN
Over 10,000 civil servants dismissed over Turkey coup -- DW
Turkey sacks 10,000 more civil servants, shuts media in latest crackdown -- Reuters
Turkey detains editor, top staff at opposition newspaper -- Reuters
Journalists and Kurdish leaders arrested as Turkey purge deepens -- Financial Times

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