Erdogan Purges 20,000 As Europe Voices Concern Coup Was Staged With "Prepared Arrest Lists"

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Overnight Turkish president Erdogan's counter-coup witch hunt continued, when thousands of police officers were suspended on Monday, widening a systemic purge of Erdogan's enemies first in the armed forces and then judiciary after a failed military coup, now focusing on the interior police force, and raising concern among European allies that it was abandoning the rule of law. Turkey's state-run news agency says the nation has detained or suspended 20,000 personnel across the country, following Friday's foiled coup attempt.

Anadolu Agency says a total of 8,777 employees attached to the ministry were dismissed, including 30 governors, 52 civil service inspectors and 16 legal advisers

Thirty regional governors and more than 50 high-ranking civil servants have also been dismissed, CNN Turk said. Thousands of members of the armed forces, from foot soldiers to commanders, were rounded up on Sunday, some shown in photographs stripped to their underpants and handcuffed on the floors of police buses and a sports hall. Several thousand prosecutors and judges have also been removed.

Bloomberg summarizes as follows: more than than 7,500, including more than 6,000 soldiers from various ranks detained by police, Turkish PM Binali Yildirim says in televised remarks. Those detained include 755 judges and prosecutors, 650 civilians and 100 police officers. Separately, about 9,000 from the Interior Ministry, 3,00 judges and prosecutors and 1,500 staff members of Finance Ministry have been removed from duty.

In total, approximately 20,000 political opponents "purged" just days after the conclusion of the failed coup.

At the same time speculation that the terribly planned "coup" was anything but came from the European Commission itself. As Reuters adds, the swift rounding up of judges and others after a failed coup in Turkey indicated the government had prepared a list beforehand, according to EU commissioner dealing with Turkey's membership bid, Johannes Hahn, said on Monday. 

"It looks at least as if something has been prepared. The lists are available, which indicates it was prepared and to be used at a certain stage," Hahn said. "I'm very concerned. It is exactly what we feared."

It is also exactly what Erdogan has expected and hoped for. And with broad western support for Erdogan over the weekend, his mission to concentrate all Turkish power in his own hands is now assured.

Meanwhile, Erdogan on Sunday told crowds of supporters, called to the streets by the government and by mosques across the country, that parliament must consider their demands to apply the death penalty for the plotters. "We cannot ignore this demand," he told a chanting crowd outside his house in Istanbul late on Sunday. "In democracies, whatever the people say has to happen."

Once again, Europe pushed back however, when Volker Kauder, parliamentary leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party bloc, said Turkey must obey the rule of law. “If the death penalty were to be decided, the negotiations would certainly be at an end,” Kauder says in ZDF television interview, referring to talks with the EU. “We mustn’t let it go unchallenged if the rule of law isn’t obeyed.”

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz also said it would be unacceptable for Turkey to reintroduce the death penalty, which it abolished in 2004. Abolishing capital punishment was a prerequisite for talks with Turkey on membership of the European Union, to which it still aspires.

But... this is Turkey: the law is whatever Erdogan says it is.

Others also realized what they have done, but it was too late. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned the Turkish government on Monday against taking steps that would damage the constitutional order. "We were the first... during that tragic night to say that the legitimate institutions needed to be protected," she told reporters on arrival at an EU foreign ministers meeting, which was also to be attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

"We are the ones saying today rule of law has to be protected in the country," she said in Brussels. "There is no excuse for any steps that take the country away from that."

Actually the excuse came and went over the weekend, when - with Europe's blessing - Erdogan not only repelled the fake coup, but also got a green light to crackdown on anyone who is even remotely critical of him.

And, oh yes, Erdogan still holds all the leverage: some two million Syrian refugees he can unleash on Europe at any moment he wishes.

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mantrid's picture

all these thousands will now hate him, guy certainly knows how to make enemies. en masse. CIA/Mossad/Russians could now shot him blaming Kurds, military, opressed, madmen or ISIS and no one would give a damn to investigate.

svayambhu108's picture

They did it "in your face" they got realy sloppy.
I live in Romania and most of the common folks know already that it was a staged coup.
They mourn the poor guys they had to die for this.

SilverRhino's picture

Ottoman 2.0 .... Sultan Erdogan is here.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

The Brexit is partially responsible for instigating this coup. The British peoples' callus rejection of the European Commission sent a very destructive message to the rest of the world. Far-right reactionary groups will take Britain's decision as a green light to go wild and attempt to overthrow existing power structures, leading to chaos and destruction across the planet. Turkey needs to be fast tracked to join the EU immediately, so that the European Comission and ECB can stabalize the country and prevent an overflow of this chaos into Europe.



SWRichmond's picture

Kind of like the 9/11 with the prepared PATRIOT Act.

froze25's picture

Say hello to dictatorship. So now we have a man that made tons of money buying ISIS oil that has purged Judges, prosecutors,  military and now police.  It's like he was expecting this "coup" and had all the list made up in advance just waiting for a opportunity to execute. 

JamesBond's picture

A 2 million man muslim march.  Farakan would be jealous.  

Manthong's picture

At least we can be confident that in the Constitutional land of the free and the home of the brave that the DHS does not have any such list prepared

santafe's picture
santafe (not verified) Manthong Jul 18, 2016 8:36 AM

So now they believe in conspiracy. How'bout this one?

The NICE attack took place at the same time as the attempted Coup in Turkey. COINCIDENCE doesn't exist in politics. Warning to Erdogan:

ejmoosa's picture

20,000?  That's nothing.

You should see the list the Clintons have ready.

Panem et Circus's picture

Clearly none of you have heard what his predecessors did to the Armenians 100 years ago by this exact same method.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

With these kinds of purges, its not just about who is 'purged'.  Its the message sent to EVERYONE ELSE, "This could have been you.  Watch yourself!  Praise Erdogan (or else)!"

auricle's picture

What, false flags not allowed in Turkey? How else does one get the rapid control one needs to push an unpopular agenda. Waiting to see what happens over the next few months that required such an ellaborate false flag operation. 

poplavok33's picture

Okay, do you think if Israel did stage this coup they would have failed? and it would be so poorly organized. Granted there are a few things you can blame Israel for but this is a stretch

JamesBond's picture

Well, to be honest, I know a few of the lads at the NSA and... well... they know about the mole on your pecker.  Seems they linked from a tagged photo to ZH to your Tinder account and then hacking your dates contact list and  pokemon go gps records traced your hook up with the thai ladybody who spilled his guts (literally) about your last visit the bath house in which barry carved his initials on the wall.

Sorry to have to let you down.



Countrybunkererd's picture

pogroms coming to the dictatorship near you.

Bush Baby's picture

It's a safe bet that O'Bummer already has his list prepared as well.

froze25's picture

"A 2 million man muslim march. Farakan would be jealous. "

Funny because Farakan has called for a complete halt to the importation of Refugees from Islamic nations.

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

I had to look that one up but yes in January Farrakhan agreed with Donald Trumps appeal to ban import of Muslims in effect saying we should put Trump in office. The question is why? The answer is these foreign Muslims are a different breed of cat to Farrakhan's dumbed down US versions. In particular when Farrakhan has a call to prayer it won't mean shinola to the mass of newcomers who will no doubt seek a more radical caliph and will not be paying tribute to Farrakhan. In fact, a new caliph would be likely to draw his adherents away?

JamesBond's picture

My 2 million man march post was in refernce to them going to the EU and not the states.  I haven't read anything about Farakan being agains muslim migration to the EU countries; only into the US.  I may need to stand corrected though; I am not up to speed on my Khan.  

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Nope, it seems that these guys are very efficient.  Wow, they have worked up a list of all the guilty parties pretty fast.   And they did it without NSA.

Wow, so efficient.  What I want to know how they printed the lists before the coup?

847328_3527's picture

Well, there goes any vacations to Turkey for the foreseeable future.


I guess it's DisneyLand again this year and the next and the next....

NidStyles's picture

What would make you think the NSA had nothing to do with this?


The US regularly sells information to foreign bodies. FFS, Hillary Clinton got caught doing it and didn't even get a slap on the wrist for it....

Ms No's picture

Gulen definitely has CIA ties, but then again, every cleric and leader in Turkey has since the CIA couped the joint in 1980.  After the coup, Ozal, a suporter of the IMF and ex-employee of the World Bank, was put in charge of finances.

If people think these numbers are bad, in 1980 they arrested half a million when that went down.  Supposedly, they only executed 50 but 5,000 were shot in lead up in what many refer to as "strategy of tension".  That's where they make life hell and then give you relief so that people feel greatful (they do this with economies occasionally as well and often both). Anyway, what they often don't speak about is the horrific amount of torture that went on, people that were never found and deaths in prison. 

That is how CIA coups usually go down.  If the spooks are replacing Erdogan they would have to have a reason and to me it seems that he has been the perfect puppet.  Unless there is something we don't know.

NidStyles's picture

I doubt the CIA had anything to do with this. The way this went down has Mossad and NSA written all over it.


Mossad specializes in organic revolution and terrorism, and the NSA specializes in making lists of subversives.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

So, Nid, what do you think Mossad's long term plans are for Black Lives Matter?

Ms No's picture

I can't distinguish between the CIA and Mossad really.  They are damn near branches of the same outfit.  Just different geo-strategic areas of operation that tend to overlap.  Maybe there is no difference at all.  Either way, their goals tend to be right in line with eachother most of the time.    

Once the super power games begin things get really interesting with the misdirections.  I think the MSM will give us a good idea what is going on.  If they start screaming that Erdo is a psycho then we know they were ready to replace him for some reason.  If they just distance themselves and don't have much to say then it's an obvious false flag coup, that they backed from the beginning.

This is getting interesting.  I'm guessing that the nukes are definitely going to play a part in this. 

RaceToTheBottom's picture

I am glad I did Greece and Turkey right before the financial stuff hit the fan....


But realistically, they will bring their world to Disneyland....   No way around that...

Blankone's picture

Good question.  Add to that - why are the foreign powers, who care not about democracy in the ME, so upset and even threatening to kick Turkey out of NATO?

Is it because Erdogan has identified the correct agents of the west in his country and is effectively taking them out?

And if so how did he manage to do such an expert job in getting the intell of who they were?  Russia?  Did Russia supply the intel and begin to turn Turkey towards russia by exposing how the west was plotting against Erdogan?

Do not dismiss the coup as a false flag too quickly, although it could have been.  Perhaps Russia gave Erdogan intell about the coup and helped work up a plan where double agents were used and the plotters were surprised when the promised help from others in the military did not occur and they were left dangling alone.

Why did Erdogan quickly ask for safe haven in Germany when he did not need it?  To get the EU to show it's support for the coup and its wish that Erdogan be deposed?

Kerry threatens to remove Turkey from NATO.  Maybe Kerry needs to be worried that Turkey will kick NATO out of Turkey.  And will replace it with a russian presence. How about a russian airbase along with going forward with the russian pipeline going through Turkey.  Then Erdogan can blackmail the EU with their gas supply as well and extract some more revenge.

Someone has been very cleaver and has made excellent moves (so far) and it is not the US/EU.  Having Kerry make those threats was the wrong move.  But it is not over.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Worth considering the opposite as well, that US supplied lists of Russian-sympathizers/anti-Erdogan/anti-NATO within his police/army/justice system.

Blankone's picture

As you point out.  It is always important to consider some version of the opposite and to keep an open mind and reevaluate as new data is discovered.

SWRichmond's picture

Why did Erdogan quickly ask for safe haven in Germany when he did not need it?  To get the EU to show it's support for the coup and its wish that Erdogan be deposed?

When all other explanations are disproven, the only one that's left...

poplavok33's picture

Don't you know the Turkish Kinko's is also 24 hour operation

Monetas's picture

MDB can hardly generate down votes .... that's gotta hurt ?

Not My Real Name's picture

I don't even read his stuff anymore. I just hit the red arrow and move on.

MopWater's picture

I don't even give him that satisfaction.

Uncertain T's picture

I thought MBD was here for the entertainment value.... It saves me from reading the Daily Beast.

Tarzan's picture


Obama must be enraged with jealousy,


Who does Erdogan think he is?  Doesn't he know the Capital of the Caliphate is Al-Kindi Street, and Obama it's true Caliph?

Handful of Dust's picture

Soweto is having an orgasm watching Erdogan do the Pol Pot maneuver. Armenians sitting on the border watching carefully I'm sure, at least the ancestors of those not genocided by the Turks.

CPL's picture

They would never put him in a real position of power.  As much as they claim to the contrary, if you observe the racial segregation of the upper echelons of Islam it is certainly not a reflection of multicultural diversity considering that it has a billion members and dozens of spinoffs.  They would never let anyone black, white, asian, mexican, or anything but an old crazy arab in a position of power that determine the course of Islam.  The rest of them are just useful idiots they can puppeteer to their own ends and means.

There is no cheaper currency that a man can pay with than faith.

Tarzan's picture

He's not asking permission, neither will HildaBeast,

you don't build a giant walled city, or hide in caves, if your power comes from the will of the people.

There's a new State being carved out, I'm betting Washington and Wall Street, are neck deep

CPL's picture

Have you seen them all?  

It's like they've been squeezed like oranges, there's not much left to either of them by observation.  Shit, just look at her pet phylactery 'Bill'.  He's looking like someone has used him as a juice box too long.  Once he keels over, she won't be far behind him.  Bam bam, it's like he's rapidly aged over the course of three years.  They are all looking so horribly old and used up.  Their problem is they all wrote check with their mouths their bodies couldn't possibly cash.

Sucks to be them.

Tarzan's picture

Ya know, I was saying the same thing about Kissinger decades ago, Only thinking the opposite weight problem would be his demise.  And yet that old fart has a personal vetting with every potential Prez to this day.  How the hell...

Dugald's picture



                               or were you trying to be sarcastic ??

Due North's picture

As a relative newcomer to this forum, I take notice of MDB's consistent monologue that lends itself to the obviously absurd. Which leads me to simply enjoy it as a form of instructional entertainment, much in the sense of the King's Fool utilizing parody to get someone to realize their potential mistakes by viewing them from the most obviously absurd perspective.

DutchResistance's picture

Yes. He (MDB) couldn't be that consistent with the prose and supposed point of view if 'he' were not of a position completely antithetical to what is written.

Much like the genius work of C.S. Lewis's 'Screwtape Letter's.



absente reo's picture

STFU, you have no idea what you're talking about . 

Philthy_Stacker's picture

Oh MDB! We know you don't have a clue, so why do you continue to post? Britain has been an autonomous nation for hundreds of years. Deciding not to be puppets of a Fascist regime is not instigation, it's inspiration, determination and quite simply, 'self preservation'.

Far right groups? Name one please. Overthrowing existing powers is the only way humanity will save itself. I encourage all oppressed peoples to rise up and demand a better life, an 'equal' life, a choice.
Chaos and destruction are the norm. It's how the 'Deep State' enacts their agenda of removing and installing their 'puppets'. We now know that Saudis blew up WTC with the blessing of US fascists.
Turkey will never join the EU because the EU will not survive the coming purge of corporate and fascist governance.
Erdogan will not stabilize the 'holy war' that rages within Turkey's borders, in fact, he encourages it. It must play out until one side wins. Such is the plight of the ignorant religious zealots, perpetrating the lies of the various major religions, in order to control humanity.
As for Europe, the UK just 'prevented' chaos by leaving the EU. It seems like the exact opposite of what you suggest should be done.
Lastly, why do you want corporations to control the planet? US companies don't even pay taxes in the US. Why should any CEO have more rights than me. Why should I have no choices as to the food I eat? (When I say choices, I mean growers.) Most farms are controlled by a few massive corporations that have lobbyists and former employees that sit on the FDA.
The TPP is shitty for America and it's shitty for every living person on Earth. It IS good for Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, George Soros, Jamie Diamon, Rothchids et. al.