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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SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Damn MDB, it looks like you wrote that last piece from Brussels

Lumberjack's picture

This must see analysis is absolutely spot on.


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HughBriss's picture

Why am I always wet (giggidy) after reading your posts, MDB_?



Take it as you will...  ;)

Librarian's picture

MDB, you forgot to use /s or /sarc after your comment.

Librarian's picture

Exclusive: all the details about the air ops and aerial battle over Turkey during the military coup to depose Erdogan.

ChargingHandle's picture

You honestly make zero hedge a worse website. Your misinformed, self promoting posts are pathetic. It is almost at the point where looking at the comments is unbearable. Please stop using this site as a platform to drive clicks to your dumb fucking website. Thank you.

Boubou's picture

Brexit was the rseult of callous rejection of David Cameron by the EU ( read merkel).

He needed a token concession from them on ucontrolled immigration before the ref., and they threw  him under the bus.

Maybe you were kidding MDB? If so it went under my head.

Down to Earth Thinking's picture

Excelent sarc, covers a lot of bases . Erdogan reminds me a lot of the Morsi days ? Is it possibe the 20K he has arrested are all wrong or guilty or is Erdogan a madman psychopath eliteist ? Interestingly Morsi and BHO were partners in horror just like Erodgan and BHO have been as they enabled ISIS/SISIL foegthe last 3 years.  All the while PRAVDA/MSM tells the Americvan fools an entirely different story ? 

If BHO could do thew same would he ? HAHA H A H AHA HA 

Gold_Member's picture

Man you are FUNNY! I love your comments! Brilliantly awful!

quadraspleen's picture

*callous, stabilize (or stabilise, in its English form)


Tip: use spellcheck MDB

Testudo321's picture

That is Sultan Erdogan the Magnificent !

Watch your tongue Rihno, Sharia is next and insulting the mighty Sultan is a crime.

magicdragon's picture

No, no, Ergodan the Magnificent - Sultan of the New Ottoman Empire - beheader of all disagreement, defender of the Sharia realm.

Testudo321's picture

He can name him self as he likes, but let just hope he will not go down in history as Erdogan the Conqueror...


thesonandheir's picture

Britains new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson penned a magnificent poem about the Sexy Sultan -


There was a young fellow from Ankara

Who was a terrific wankerer

Till he sowed his wild oats

With the help of a goat

But he didn’t even stop to thankera.


All together now!

azusgm's picture

Walid Shoebat is interested in Bible prophecy and in islamic prophecy. He has been keeping a close eye on Erdogan for years. He wrote this piece yesterday.

"Muslim Scholars Worldwide Declare Erdogan To Be the Supreme Leader for the Entire Muslim World"

This should embolden Erdogan to amp up the tyranny.

Philthy_Stacker's picture

Well, that's it in a nutshell. Erdogan wants to enrage Muslims to rise up and Jihad. He figures if he makes himself appear to be the best hope for Muslims. Except he wants half of the Muslims dead too! His very specific agenda to empower his Sunni sect, will ultimately result in his demise.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The Libtards must feel really foolish.

OTOH, their addled pea brains will cope with this, by doing what they always do: Stick their head in the sand. Or up their rectum, which seems the preferred place these days (according to the GayBLT crowd).

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I can't wait for Sharia Law and Honor Killings to start.

Will look good on that sow Merkel, limp-dick Hollande and bafoon Obama.

de3de8's picture

Sickening how the current administration sits on its hands on this.

NidStyles's picture

I would bet money that the admin was involved with it from the start.


Notice the timing of the BLM shooting. So this week everyone will be talking about the NO cop murder instead of the coup in Turkey. BLM is backed by Soros, whom up until about a year ago was making weekly visits to Obama.

This shit is all fake. Fucking Jews playing games with the public again...


BetaGap's picture

It will not be called "Death penalty". Those people will somehow get lost accidently. They are just no longer seen.

Countrybunkererd's picture

Do you have a modern day Vlad the Impaler that can step up to the plate?  You may need one sooner than you think.

Déjà view's picture

Saves some money on pensions...Police state take a hint.

onewayticket2's picture

...and ISIS rejoices with its new breeding ground?

Testudo321's picture

Erdogan is a part of ISIS if you ask me.

But yes they do rejoice - in just one night they took over a whole county. They made it to the top in hours, after years of fail in Syria, Libya, Irak.

And, thanks to Merkel their 5 th column is already in EU....

onewayticket2's picture

isnt THAT the story here?  I'm perplexed as to why that isnt front and center.  but i'm not a foreign policy expert by any stretch. 


seems to me this is ISIS' crowning achievment....though not yet realized, the foundation is set, the lights are on and the keys have been handed they just have to move in.

Testudo321's picture

Maybe because there are no journalists left any more anywhere.

All that's left are reporters - we get to see reports on what is going on, maybe some times HOW it's going on, but the main thing (the thing that separates journalists from reporters) WHY it is going on is left untouched.

Boubou's picture

The demise of journalism everywhere is frightening. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

FYI... Relations are scheduled to be Normalized between Turkey and Israel next week.

Another coincidence.  ;-)

Zest's picture

I think duct tape would help in keeping it all together.

silverer's picture

I think that's what they've been using all along.

Bank_sters's picture



Are people going to start suggesting that hillary clinton is being supported by globalists and is above the law!

NoWayJose's picture

Don't think for a moment that the US has not got its own 'prepared lists'.

And don't think for a moment that the 2 million refugees won't be unleashed as soon as the ink dries on the EU admittance papers.

snakehead's picture

If Erdo gets his death penalty, Turkey will not be admitted. Surely he knows this and has a plan. He may not need to make 2.7 million Syrians Turkish citizens if he gets enough control. Then the threat of them flooding Europe. This shit will have major repercussions for a long time.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

i agree - i think turkey reintroducing the death penalty gives merkel a great opportunity to about face and (be seen to ) be taking the moral high ground

BorisTheBlade's picture

And for Erdogan to wait for 10 years to get admitted into EU makes absolutely zero sense, especially after Brexit. He himself would expire earlier.

And whether he orchestrated the coup or simply allowed it to take its course, and at the same time prepared a trap for his opponents and then acted with full impunity is quite irrelevant. I suspect it's the former though, he knew all along something was brewing, but did nothing except disrupted here and there all the while laying groundwork for post-coup Great Purge like purge lists, further power grab measures etc. He took some risks, but calculated ones.

Philthy_Stacker's picture

Does executing thousands of dissenters before trial or arrest, count as the death penalty?

Niall Of The Nine Hostages's picture

He doesn't need the EU any more. He's already caliph of Europe. The EU sends him all the protection money he wants and jumps when he says hop. 

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Turkey and the rule of law is like Military intelligence. Sounds nice for the Pols, the reality is somewhat different.

Boubou's picture

Right. Erdogan democrat  is an oxy-moron.

nmewn's picture

By order of Caliph Erdogan ;-)

Kaeako's picture

Everyone knew Erdogan is a capable man, but it seems he might actually become one of the most significant political figures of the 21st century: the man is on the road to single-handedly destroying modern Turkey. Considering it's a construct that rose from the ashes of the Great War, and since the second world war it has been an important ally of the west, it's interesting to see what this means for NATO.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

Erdo?an can expect a 7.62 round in the middle of his forehead any moment now. 

Philthy_Stacker's picture

Excellent ... but it will probably be a 5.56 ... or a 50 cal. from 2 miles away ... or maybe a 22 hidden inside a ball point pen.

css1971's picture

Any democracy without an equivalent of the 2nd ammendment is at risk. And even then.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

as far as lists go, What the frig do you think FB, Alphabet co, MS and not to mention Obamacare are? Internet giants are nothing more than humongous databases (lists).

DuneCreature's picture

It goes a little further than just lists.

They are all funded and funneling data straight into 'The Core' database which is Skynet, which is AI AL, which is your node profile, which is the way Ass Wipes Inc. owns, feeds you, uses you any way likes and does with you anything it wants. AI AL plays you like a little tiny pawn on its vast chessboard with those little 'lists'. ...

And you thought you have free will and make your own life decisions.

You are now a Skynet node and you will obey, like it or not.

Live Hard, Tune In The Mind Control Waves Flowing Thru Your Life, Die Free

~ DC v2.0