Erdogan is using this failed coup to get rid of the last vestiges of secular Turkey, by Patrick Cockburn. Islamists winning again; West pretends not to notice.
The failed coup is serving as an excuse for a massive round-up of members of the judiciary and army officers, far greater than anything seen in Turkey for years, and is presumably a bid to secure Erdogan’s grip on the Turkish state. So numerous are those detained that a sports stadium is being used to hold some of them, a development that has ominous similarities with mass arrests in South American coups in the last century. Some 140 out of 387 judges in the Court of Appeal have been detained along with 48 out of 156 from the Council of State.
It may be that Erdogan is using the coup to eliminate the most powerful officials seen as loyal to Turkey as a secular state.
Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after failed Turkish coup, by Humeyra Pamuk and Ercan Gurses.
Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million which borders Syria’s chaos and is a Western ally against Islamic State.