Nearly 3,000 arrested after failed Turkey coup - UPI.com
UPI reports: "Turkish government officials declared an attempted military coup in the
country had been put down as nearly 3,000 soldiers were arrested and
265 people, including civilians and coup plotters, were killed.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke publicly Saturday, less than 24
hours after the military coup was squashed, saying the government
remained in control after rival factions of the Turkish military
attempted to forcibly seize power of government buildings in Ankara and
Istanbul. [...] Turkish television reported about 2,745 judges and five High Judiciary
Court Board were removed from duty as a result of the failed coup."
Comment: So the coup failed and the purge has begun. Note that not only have soldiers been arrested (as we might expect) but that also thousands of members of the judiciary have also been punished. That is most unexpected and can only mean that President Erdogan is moving fast not only to punish the coup plotters but to consolidate his own power by removing anyone he considers a threat to his rule. Turkey may be a democracy, but I'm betting Erdogan will find a way to become president-for-life.