The Guilty 60,000

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey will temporarily suspend the European Convention on Human Rights after announcing a state of emergency following the attempted coup.

…Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the three-month state of emergency in Turkey would enable authorities to act quicker and more efficiently against the coup plotters.

Meanwhile, around 60,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended, detained or put under investigation since the coup was defeated.

Seems legit.

Turkey suspends European Convention on Human Rights in wake of coup (Independent.co.uk)

Turkish Lawmakers Set to Give Erdogan Sweeping New Powers (New York Times)

Pic: AFP/Getty

Thanks Fluffybiscuits

37 thoughts on “The Guilty 60,000

  1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

    But Boris and Michael told us that Turkey were just about to join the EU? If only this had happened 2 months ago….

    But poor Turkey, they don’t deserve this or him.

  2. MoyestWithExcitement

    A coup gets put down in a few hours and a load of teachers are arrested? Hmmm.

  3. Tony

    Erdogan has no interest in the EU. He wants to control his geographic area and rebuild the Ottoman Empire. But no matter what we think, its not easy being Turkey- surrounded by Syria, the Kurds, Russia.. You’d need to be strong and on your toes.

      1. Tony

        When those minorities have guns and are willing to blow themselves up, its hard to know what to do. Don’t worry, I am not disagreeing with the fact that he is a cruel nutbag, but the context is as worrying as the man.

    1. Caroline

      Presumably you can suspend or repeal the legislation implementing it in your domestic order though.

  4. DubLoony

    He’s bringing back the death penalty.
    He’s a dictator in all but name now.
    Press clamped down on, suspension of independent judiciary, firing teachers & lecturers.
    Anyone capable of independent thought.

    US wants its NATO bases, EU can only dangle carrot of membership but he’s too far gone at this stage. And this is the safe country that Syrian refugees are being sent to?

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      “And this is the safe country that Syrian refugees are being sent to?”

      Psht. You mean economic migrants, obviously.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          Considering how many of them have medical degrees, and how well educated they are in general, I can definitely believe some have surgically replaced their eyes with lasers. Those Muslamic baxtards. Coming over here, staffing our hospitals and stimulating our economy. The nerve.

          1. Tony

            better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a fool, than opening it and confirming it.

          2. MoyestWithExcitement

            You confirmed it long ago, Trollny. Are you able to talk in something other than clichés while we’re on it?

  5. nellyb

    Not at all like Stalin’s great purge. Do Erdogan’s supporters realize that it ain’t gonna stop at 60,000? Themselves will be in the next tranche. Fools.

    1. Bob

      “First they came for the teachers, and I did not speak out…”. At least history is consistent with it’s repeating.

      Of course we’re assuming Erdogan won’t have an “accident”. I’m guessing it’ll be something like polonium-210 and to allow a lot of finger pointing at Russia.

      1. nellyb

        Victoria White in Irish Examiner:
        “The Turkish people deserve our total respect even if we would not vote for the same people and do not share their religion. They are not just “forces loyal to Erdogan” , they are valiant defenders of the democracy which is crucial not just for them, but for Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world. They deserve not our condescension but our unblinking support in the difficult weeks and months ahead.”
        I take it Victoria’s nana wasn’t an enemy of the state committed to labor camp, with womb hanging between the legs from immense physical exertion. Or is it water under the bridge? Bygone be bygone?

  6. edalicious

    “temporarily suspend the European Convention on Human Rights”

    That doesn’t bode well, does it?

  7. Caroline

    Wonder how that prosecution of Jan Böhmermann is coming along. Be great to see the look on Merkel’s face if it went ahead while Erdogan was in full-on open dictator mode. Scarlet!

  8. Paddy

    They got three billion euro from Europe for ‘taking care’ of the migrant situation. Nice of Merkel and company to fill the boots of this despot.

  9. Yep

    Jaysus, he’s reaalllyyy going for it. Watching what wiil be an awful part of history unfold.

  10. Jack Ascinine

    Well, looks like assassination is the next stop. What’s Paddy Power got on this?

  11. Mulder

    Yeah Turkey looks quite an interesting country, should be ehh, quite exciting to say the least, when they do join the Eu.

  12. Conor

    Beautiful country with fantastic people. I was lucky to live and travel across the country for one year three years ago. Those who are educated despise the current regime but unfortunately the lower classes and the rural youth have been brainwashed by over a decade of pro Erdogan/Islamic propaganda in the media. He’s pumped billions in the rural economy to get the conservative vote and in the meantime cracked down on universities and freedom of speech. H
    It’s all downhill, and I fear for the many friends I made during my time there.

  13. steve knievel

    im going to Istanbul at the end of august. think of turkey as asia. they will never get into the eu because of the armenian holocaust. they are an asian nation not a european one. a thousand sheila sheikhs cannot change that.

  14. Scundered

    Absolutely all of my Turkish friends believe this coup was his own making, it’s a bit annoying that mainstream media aren’t pushing to expose this if so.

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