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Turkey’s Erdogan Raises Coup Clashes in Warning Rivals Against Protests

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a stern warning for any Turkish citizens preparing to protest against his government, as anger rises over soaring inflation and opposition parties step up their criticism of economic policy.

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In a televised speech in Ankara on Tuesday, Erdogan said supporters of his AK Party and its nationalist ally remained united, and linked their likely response to any protests to the aftermath of an attempted military coup on July 15, 2016.

“Supposedly they’ll take to the streets without any shame,” he said. “Wherever you take to, this nation will teach you a lesson just like it gave a lesson to those who took to the streets on July 15.”

Nov 1, 2021: On July, 15 2016 a faction of the Turkish Military attempted to overthrow the government. During the short lived coup attempt 246 people were killed, 179 of which were civilians. In the aftermath President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had thousands of members of the military and judiciary arrested, had at least 21,000 teachers fired or suspended, and shut down 2,500 educational institutions.

Back then, government supporters battled a section of the military attempting to overthrow Erdogan, with clashes killing more than 250 people. 

In the aftermath of the coup attempt, Turkey rounded up tens of thousands of people it accused of having links with Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric who Erdogan says masterminded the plot.


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