Punjab law minister honours 1st anniversary of coup in Turkey

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

On Sunday, Erdoğan inaugurated a 31,4-meter monument in Ankara honouring the 250 people killed during the coup attempt. The government says the reason to maintain the state of emergency is to fight against terror threats, primarily against the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which it accuses of staging last year's coup attempt.

According to the Turkish government, the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its USA -based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup.

A motion to extend the state of emergency was submitted to the Parliament Speaker's Office on Monday and voted by the General Assembly. Turkey blamed the failed putsch on US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, who denies the accusations, and vowed to root out his "virus" from state institutions.

"All of those in the state's high levels have been dismissed, but there are still hidden people", Canikli said.

Erdogan also praised the "people's faith" in facing up the armed coup plotters.

Ties with the West were strained when European governments voiced alarm at the scale of the crackdown.

"Traitors who point a gun at our country, nation, freedom and future will never see the light of day again", Hurriyet reports.

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