Erdogan: EU not indispensable, wasting Turkey's time

15 July, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Hamburg | Pool

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.

Turkey is marking the first anniversary of the failed July 15 coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) through various activities across the country, APA reports.

During BBC's show HARDtalk, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that only two journalists are in prison in Turkey, BBC reported.

More than 50,000 people have been jailed pending trial and 150,000 state workers including teachers, judges and soldiers have been suspended or dismissed under emergency rule imposed in late July after the coup.

"Under the state of emergency, Turkish authorities have arrested, detained, and fired scores of alleged coup plotters and thousands of others without due process". "They try to make robots out of genuine people", he said.

While many are linked to publications that were owned and operated by the Fethullah Gulen movement in the past, the number of jailed journalists also include various pro-Kurdish writers and 12 staff from the staunchly secular Cumhuriyet newspaper.

"The majority of the Turkish people don't want the European Union anymore".

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"Accusations against me related to the coup attempt are baseless, politically motivated slanders", Gulen, who lives at a compound in rural Pennsylvania, said in a statement.

Their detention raised alarm internationally, increasing fears that freedom of expression was being suppressed under Erdogan.

But one year later, many are disheartened by how things have panned out.

"The EU is not indispensable for us".

Some Turks believe the coup attempt was secretly orchestrated by Mr. Erdogan himself, even though there is no evidence.

"Right after this failed coup they just brought this issue up once again, and by they, I mean the government", Professor Balaban told Sky News.

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