Turkey sacks 7400 Govt employees on failed coup anniversary

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 18, 2017

The monument - depicting people standing on top of four slanted columns, carrying a moon and crescent - is situated opposite Erdogan's huge palace complex in Ankara.

It further adds that the Turkish government had earlier dismissed than 100,000 public sector workers and arrested around 50,000 officials of military and police, members from judiciary, education and press.

The government says it is cracking down to purge state institutions and prevent future threats.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renamed the iconic Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul as Martyrs' Bridge - the scene of clashes between civilians and military tanks in 2016.

The president arrived with his wife, addressed the masses and attended the opening of a memorial located on the bridge.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has termed the coup attempt as "Turkey's darkest and longest night", which was "transformed into a bright day".

It followed weekend ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the abortive coup in which about 250 people were killed and almost 2,200 more injured.

Some 250 people were killed while more than 2,000 others were injured after thousands of people, heeding Erdogan's call, took to the streets a year ago to confront the coup-plotters.

The government says the purge is necessary to confront security challenges facing Turkey and to root out supporters of the US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen who it says was behind the coup attempt.

The Turkish government blames the attempted coup on supporters of exiled Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen, who was an ally of Erdogan until 2013.

During the same speech, Erdogan denied opposition claims that the government had foreknowledge of the coup, calling them "shameless" and "immoral".

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