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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Dorado's picture

Think he'll get along fine with HRC

Arnold's picture


(can't use Nice anymore, it's a trigger.)

NoDebt's picture

Seems to me "western leaders" are jealous of how quickly and efficiently Erdogan has set up his dictatorship.

css1971's picture

Done, dusted and home in time for breakfast.

Khan Bodin's picture

Erdogan is purging western intel agencies assets in Turkey. That's why they are "alarmed, concerned and shocked." They must have lost a grat dal of their network of agents in Turkey.

silverer's picture

I posted that the Turkish population should have supported, not defied, the coup. Problem is, the false section of the military didn't really want a coup? Planned all along? Either way, the new Turkish Hitler is now in place.

smokintoad's picture

Erdogan's "Night of the Long Knives".

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Started at 4:15 and wrapped up neatly before Sunday?  How many REAL Coups have occured like that?

Librarian's picture

If we limit the sample set to failed coups then the answer is: most of them are finished in a few days.

Although there are still some ongoing small pockets of fighting still happening in Turkey.

Would you like some historical examples?

NoWayJose's picture

This is what happens when a government collects and monitors all of your social media posts, your Internet searches, your phone calls, watches who comes and goes to certain meetings, etc. --- and then a madman takes charge. In the US this will be called Martial Law --- and the government is already practicing for it.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

I would not doubt Fed.gub has a file on every American by social security number, prolly stored in Utah - everything from credit card records, cell, internet, FB, google, eBay, Amazon, medical, tax, blogs, travel, political, etc., and has classes of risk ratings assigned...


They can't nab a terrorist, but they've got your ass lined up.

booboo's picture

right, so if you are getting the death penalty anyways why not take out a few lackeys on the way out? Sitting in a cell waiting for the hangman is a degrading

neutrino3's picture

You know nothing about parallel state. Or maybe you know everything.

Just witnessed so called "opposition" eloquentia:

"Fuck the country, in which dissent coup cant be maintained"

Fuck'em all Erdo.

NoWayJose's picture

Not a very 'nice' few days for Frau Merkel, 'couped' up in Germany...

medium giraffe's picture

Another great argument for the need for 'leaders'. 

RaceToTheBottom's picture

It appears that he has been getting some training from the Putin....

This has been planned for some time.

Dorado's picture

Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout, I'm telling you why
Erdogan is coming to town
Oh, he's making a list and checking it twice
He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice
Erdogan is coming to town

Oh, he sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake

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the.ghost.of.22wmr (not verified) Jul 18, 2016 6:14 AM

Perfect place to warehouse NATO nukes: Uncle Erdogan's 24 hour self storage.

azusgm's picture

How long until Uncle Erdogan siezes the nukes?

Dead Canary's picture

I am sickened by our GUTLESS leaders.

Boubou's picture

Yeah. Just speaking the truth and acting on it is never an option.

SimpleJackBlack's picture
SimpleJackBlack (not verified) Jul 18, 2016 6:21 AM

SHTF but he threw the shit.

The whole coup only lasted like 4 hours?

He overthrew a whole country in the time it takes my wife to get ready to go out....


onewayticket2's picture

doesnt really add up, for me.


The failed coup - and the resulting actions it 'justifies' remind me of an old line, as Dana Carvey used to say, "well, isnt that convenient!?"

johnnycanuck's picture

Looks like ISIS and Al Nusra may find their Caliphate after all.  As the core of Erdolf's new Ottoman military they would even get an airforce and a navy too. 

gonetogalt's picture

Back in 2004 a guy named Joel Richardson predicted a Caliphate would arise and eventually be seated in Turkey. He pretty well predicted ISIS, mass conversions to Islam, a very predictive guy.

Not a bad place to start for those new to Biblical prophecy.

Beware the Lamb!!!

azusgm's picture

Speaking of Joel Richardson, here is some good insight re Turkey. It is from five months ago. The interviewee is a missionary in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

"Turkish Geopolitics & ISIS" Start at 14:57.

I'm looking for Joel Richardson's video of a Hitler-esque Erdogan rally. If I find it soon, I'll post it.

Panic Mode's picture

This will be everyday news when Hillary becomes the president.

HK21E's picture

Was there ever any doubt this was a staged 'coup'? 

Tactical Joke's picture

For the first little while, then I wondered, "where the hell is the infantry?"

PirateOfBaltimore's picture

I move to use "Titler" (Turkish Hitler) in place of erdogan.


Grease monkey script to follow.

css1971's picture

Hmm Turkish doesn't seem to have a word for "Leader".


They just use "lider". Well that's shite.

ba? - Could be where boss comes from.


RawPawg's picture

why is my silver dropping?

why is my Win 10 op system acting up?

why is futures pointing towards a 20k market?

why am i ranting on ZH?

Roanman's picture

If anyone would recognize a false flag coup, it would be the scum sucking members of the tribe presently endeavoring to fuck up Europe for their own profit.

snakehead's picture

Deflection. Don't pay attention to what's actually happening in Turkey, it's the JOOOOOOS. 

spanish inquisition's picture

He does not want to make the same mistakes made by Omar and Saddam. Clean out all CIA and Soros shills and agitators plants before making an anti US / NWO policy change.

snakehead's picture

Smoke from a distant fire. It's Turkey that's burning and Europe's next if he's successful.

MarsInScorpio's picture

Spanish Inq, - BINGO!!!!!


Wonder how the War Criminals Obama and Hillary will do it. After she loses to Trump, or before the election if their own "no bullshit" polls say she is going to lose?

Farqued Up's picture

Goodbye EU, goodbye NATO, goodbye UN, goodbye Bilderbergers, goodbye Deep State.

Wake up LIBERTY, you have a call.

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) Jul 18, 2016 6:25 AM

Democrat/Muslim lies don't matter .... they trade in force .... they get perverse pleasure from their inept theatre .... Lynch, Erdogan, Obama, Lerner .... Hillary ?

1stepcloser's picture

Looks like ISIS oil sales won't be impacted..

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) Jul 18, 2016 6:30 AM

Johahnes Hahn .... that is so continental .... so German ?

Troy Ounce's picture

This is what Siener van Rensburg (1861-1926) had to say about the West:

Copy & paste from a posting of a web site from December 2008:

1. a "struggle between Germany and four other countries against England and France". It may come as a slight surprise to you, but the information in this part of the visions is of such an explicit nature that I could only name it The fall of the European Government.

The exact term European Government, furthermore, is no older than only some twenty years – and yet Seiner coined the exact name in 1923!

3. rebellion inside the ranks of the European Government, which includes (as in incorporate) the body known as the British Commonwealth. This eventually plays a major role in the fall of the expansionist British Empire in the visionary warning.

4. war between the USA and the extremist revolutionary Islam in Europe! My friend, when this old man died in 1926 there was absolutely no sign of any future clash between the USA and the Islam.

5. The coming Third World War will be started in Europe by a terrorist character called The Turk and his fighting force. This fellow seems to attempt an attack somewhere in Germany, but he is smoked out before he can do so, and then the fight is on. He is assisted by three Indian terrorist groups, also deployed in Europe, and they work together with an evil group of Englishmen. The symbolism employed makes it clear that these are terrorist groups, and who else but the revolutionary Islamic terrorist groups are this active today on a world wide scale? The governing body of this evil and hidden group of people is the UNO (in Europe).

Germany and the Americans in Europe become allies against this evil plot to overpower the free western world, and this part of the story describes how the Americans eventually overcome and destroy the Turk. It is interesting in this respect, for me at least, to watch how the admission of Turkey to the EU is developing at present.

Siener used the maps printed in the back of his Bible to point out how the war would run its course from Europe “over the North Pole” (Siberia), into Alaska and then roll through Canada right down to your southern border, and maybe even beyond that into Mexico and South America.

He described this as three black clouds that came from Europe and Africa, and that they moved in from the north (Canada) and settled on the USA. He then heard a great deal of fighting in the semi-darkness around him. This was made up of the clashing of swords (probably bayonets), as well as musket and gun fire. I am not quite sure, but I think he also saw men fighting each other, i.e. soldier against traitor and invader.


During World War 3, South Africa will be a place of refuge....

SilverRhino's picture

Ok, that's some weird shit.  

Troy Ounce's picture


FWIW, but bloody interesting

BigDawgz's picture

If you believe what Nostradamus had to say, he claimed that WWIII would begin because of a man named Perse.  Nostradamus frequently used anagrams & sound-alike spelling to conceal of the more famous is Hister instead of Hitler.

Anyway, rearrange the letters in Perse & you get Resep...not far off of & sounding very much like Recep (Erdogan).

Not saying I believe it...not saying I don't.  These days, it's hard to know what to believe.  So, I'm just gonna sit back, with my eyes (and mind) wide open & assess everything that happens with a critical eye.

Dark Daze's picture
Dark Daze (not verified) Troy Ounce Jul 18, 2016 8:15 AM

Yep. Whenever 'Mericka' feels threatened you can bet that some god damned fool will bring Canada into the picture.

If another war happens, it won't involve troops slogging through the most remote part of North America, it will involve missiles coming over the pole in massive waves and it will be violent and quick.

Man you people are so fucking paranoid it's a wonder you got this far.

Tao 4 the Show's picture

There seems to be a fair amount of discussion about what he said and how to interpret his dreams. Nevertheless, he was certainly an interesting guy who became quite famous durin the Boer Wars as he helped his people evade the British.

Kagemusho's picture

There's an old book titled 'Seven Days in May" (that was made into a damn good movie) about a planned coup in the US led by a charismatic general. The plan was to carry out the coup under the disguise of a military exercise called ECOMCON (Emergency Communications Control)  to take over the media.  Only the generals and admirals of the Joint Chiefs knew about it, everyone else was in the dark. The average grunt (most of them draftees at the time, remember) wouldn't have known jack shit and would probably just carried out their orders. Thank pub-ilik ed-ji-kayshun for that.

The book was published in 1962. Plenty of time to have had it translated into Turkish...

Sandmann's picture

Very good movie....Kennedy let them film in the White House because he thought it an important warning about what Ike had told him about the MIC and the threat to democracy

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) Jul 18, 2016 6:45 AM

100,000 severed heads .... would fill a cube .... about 6 metres side ?