Turkey's Erdogan addresses rallies to mark first anniversary of failed coup

  • Sabine Schwab
    By Sabine Schwab

One year after the failed coup Turks gathered for a commemorative event in Istanbul. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan opened a memorial on 15 July Martyrs Bridge.More than 240 people died before the military coup was shut down. A far-reaching crackdown after the coup has impacted Turkish society. Around 150,000 people were fired and 50,000 detained for having a supposed connection to the coup. Critics accuse Erdogan of using the state of emergency to target opposition leaders and journalists.

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