Turkish director arrested for film of Erdogan 'execution'

Marsha Scott
July 15, 2017

At a meeting with media representatives, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announced on July 14 that the government will demand the extension of the emergency rule from the parliament on July 18 as the current one expires on July 19.

Turkish Minister of Family and Social Policies, Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya.

The Turkish military, which has long seen itself as the ultimate guardian of the secular revolution launched by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state, had staged a series of coups against democratically elected governments from 1960 to 1997.

According to the Turkish government, FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

The events dedicated to the anniversary of the military coup attempt are being held in 81 Turkish provinces July 11-16.

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"The people took to the streets in order to stave off an attempt to overthrow an elected government via undemocratic means". Turkey had also aimed to spread the events overseas but the Netherlands, Germany and Austria banned Turkish leaders from meeting the Turkish community to mark the anniversary. More than 200 lost their lives in the attacks.

Erdogan underlined that the European Union was not "indispensable" for Turkey, which he said "is able to stand on its own two feet" with a per capita income of more than $11,000.

Erdogan said the BBC's claims were "lies", despite the fact that 775 Turkish journalists have had their press card status removed in the past year. She also criticised the lack of cooperation by European nations in handing over Feto suspects based overseas, despite documented evidence of their involvement in the plot.

Erdogan's consolidation of power has been denounced by Gulen, who has referred to Turkey's president as "a dictator" and has encouraged US President Donald Trump's administration as well as European governments to do more to restore political freedoms in Turkey.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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