Turkey leader slams plot­ters on an­niver­sary of coup at­tempt

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IS­TAN­BUL — President Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan vowed to “rip the heads off ” of ter­ror groups and coup-plot­ters who a year ago tried to end his more than decade-long rule as Turkey on Satur­day marked the an­niver­sary of the coun­try’s crushed mil­i­tary coup with a se­ries of ral­lies and other com­mem­o­ra­tive events.

Ac­com­pa­nied by his fam­ily and the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of the coup at­tempt, Er­do­gan joined a mas­sive, flag-wav­ing crowd near the iconic July 15 Mar­tyrs’ Bridge in Is­tan­bul to re­mem­ber 250 peo­ple who died on July 15, 2016 re­sist­ing the coup.

Mean­while, Turkey’s main op­po­si­tion party says the gov­ern­ment is block­ing a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into last sum­mer’s failed coup at­tempt and us­ing the state of emer­gency im­posed in its wake to hide the truth.

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