Turkey marks coup de­feat with ral­lies Er­do­gan warn­ing

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ANKARA – Turkey on Satur­day marked one year since the de­feat of the failed coup bid with mass na­tion­wide ral­lies seek­ing to show­case na­tional unity and a stern warn­ing by Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan to ‘‘chop off the heads’’ of traitors.

The au­thor­i­ties de­clared July 15 an an­nual na­tional hol­i­day of ‘‘democracy and unity,’’ billing the foil­ing of the putsch as a his­toric vic­tory of Turk­ish democracy.

In an in­tense pro­gram aim­ing to ham­mer home the an­niver­sary’s im­por­tance, Er­do­gan at­tended a spe­cial ses­sion of par­lia­ment in Ankara, spoke to a mass rally in Is­tan­bul, and then flew back to the cap­i­tal for a rally out­side par­lia­ment and a spe­cial event at the pres­i­den­tial palace in the early hours of the morn­ing.

Speak­ing to thou­sands by the bridge across the Bospho­rus in Is­tan­bul that was a fight­ing flash­point, Er­do­gan warned Turkey could rein­tro­duce cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment.

‘‘First of all, we will chop off the heads of those traitors,’’ Er­do­gan said, reaf­firm­ing he would sign any passed by par­lia­ment bill on re­sum­ing ex­e­cu­tions.

Any move to re­store cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment – which Turkey abol­ished in 2004 – would ef­fec­tively end Ankara’s Eu­ro­pean Union mem­ber­ship am­bi­tions.

Er­do­gan also said the sus­pects be­ing tried over the failed coup should wear uni­form cloth­ing like the no­to­ri­ous orange jump­suits used at US mil­i­tary prison at Guan­tanamo Bay.

‘‘When they ap­pear in court, let’s make them ap­pear in uni­form suits like in Guan­tanamo,’’ Er­do­gan said to cheers.

Sup­port­ers chanted ‘‘we are sol­diers of Tayyip (Er­do­gan),’’ with some even bran­dish­ing nooses in a sym­bol of their sup­port for the death penalty.

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