6,000 de­tained af­ter failed coup at­tempt

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Turk­ish of­fi­cials con­tinue to ar­rest judges and mil­i­tary of­fi­cers in con­nec­tion with the coup at­tempt, de­tain­ing more sol­diers Sun­day.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Bekir Bozdag said around 6,000 peo­ple have been de­tained and “the num­ber will in­crease.” Those in cus­tody in­clude the com­man­der of the Third Army Corps, Gen­eral Erdal Oz­turk, who could face charges of trea­son.

Other high-rank­ing mil­i­tary of­fi­cials flew to neigh­bour­ing Greece by he­li­copter and re­quested po­lit­i­cal asy­lum. Turk­ish me­dia re­ports say some of those who fled are be­lieved to be among the ar­chi­tects of the coup.

Thou­sands of Turk­ish cit­i­zens packed Ankara’s Kizilat Square, down­town Is­tan­bul and the coastal city of Izmir Satur­day night to shout their sup­port of Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan and his gov­ern­ment af­ter a failed coup at­tempt by some of the coun­try’s mil­i­tary.

Crowds waved flags at the late-night ral­lies and chanted their de­ter­mi­na­tion not to let any­thing or any­one di­vide the coun­try.

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan (C) and former Turk­ish pres­i­dent Ab­dul­lah Gul (C-R) at­tend the fu­neral of a vic­tim of the coup at­tempt in Is­tan­bul yes­ter­day. Photo: AFP.

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