Turkey's Erdogan slams West over crackdown after failed coup

Turkey's Erdogan slams West over crackdown after failed coup

Turkey's president has sharply criticised Western countries that expressed concern about possible human rights violations in Turkey's sweeping crackdown after an attempted coup.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with France 24 that Turkey has no choice but to impose stringent security measures in the wake of the failed insurrection on July 15.

Mr Erdogan said he cannot understand why Turkey's "Western friends fail to see it that way".

The government announced it could detain those suspected of being behind the incident for 30 days without trial. There are claims that authorities have been abusing arrested people after parts of the military tried to overthrow the President.

Two hundred and sixty-five people are believed to have died in the violence and more than 10,000 have been arrested after the country's leaders imposed a state of emergency.

A sweeping crackdown includes a three-month state of emergency and the detention or dismissal of tens of thousands of people in the military, the education system and other institutions.

Some European leaders say they are concerned that the large-scale purges could jeopardise basic freedoms.


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