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

Tyler Durden's picture

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.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Boubou's picture

You are right. May I suggest 'the final solution'.

DeathMerchant's picture

If he was smart, he would just deport them all to the EU

personal109's picture

Any CIA involvement? State department? Would like to see something that can connect the dots.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Where is the Defender of Democracy from Brussels Mr.Martin Schulz ?


"Poland cannot afford to ignore Europe’s warning

Membership of the EU and Nato requires adhering to western values"


What a BS Club.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Hopefully Europe finally sees that Turkey (and islam) is not a good fit.


What we really need to do is to see that Russia is a far better ally.

lasvegaspersona's picture

The 'List' sounds a lot like The Patriot Act....already written when 9/11 happened.

Theremustbeanotherway's picture

he'a beta testing it for Obuma & Killery...

RedDwarf's picture

2K, 4K, 6K, 8K, 20K.  Turkey is doomed.

Anopheles's picture

I bet today those 20,000 are wishing the two F16's did shoot down Erdogan's plane after they found and followed it. 

YouThePeople's picture

As my Pappy used to say back in the 70's..."Erdogan...what a turkey". 

Not to be confused with 'jive turkey'. JTM.

sidiji's picture

prediction....Turkey will soon break out into full scale civil war, too many interested parties cannot afford for Turkey and its modern NATO military to fall into islamist hands.

ThrownOffZHTwice's picture
ThrownOffZHTwice (not verified) sidiji Jul 18, 2016 10:55 AM

Too late, it is already in Islamist hands.  Look for them to start calling themselves the Islamic State of Turkey.  Erdogan is taking all measures at this time to prevent civil war, and turn Turkey into a fascist dictatorship.

MrBoompi's picture

Sure Erdogan had a "list" of troublesome people worthy of purging.  Don't think a similar list isn't kept in the US.  This is a textbook example of a false flag attack and massive consolidation of political and military power.  

DeathMerchant's picture

All sanctioned by the moslem US president

ThrownOffZHTwice's picture
ThrownOffZHTwice (not verified) Jul 18, 2016 10:52 AM

The Islamic State of Turkey must be punished by all means necessary.   Erdogan, the dictator, is a major threat to civilization.  Turkey needs to be kicked out of NATO, and the Russians should be encouraged to invade Turkey.  This would keep the Russian military fairly busy for a long time, taking pressue off the eastern European NATO countries.  Incirlik can be dismantled or turned into a kind of Guantanamo.   Ataturk tried to to make Turkey a secular state, but as they say, you can take the blacks out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the blacks.  Too bad, because there are a lot of good Turkish people, but they did not fight hard enough to keep their freedom.

snakehead's picture

Twitter's going to publish the IP details of pro-coup accounts

Malus's picture

One more westren emplaced dictator. While the UN stands around with its thumb up its ass (supposedly). Well, we needed a new Saddam and our zionist friends have provided. Modern day Reichstag and the plebes fall for it once again.....

NEOSERF's picture

Unless he executes, banishes or exiles the 50K unhappy ex-military, all he is doing is sowing the seeds of civil war...Unfortunate this NATO partner we need so badly to "manage" the Middle East is a train wreck.  Perhaps we have learned something about creating power vaccuums so we should stay out of it and see how it goes.  Can't imagine Erdogan could give a damn about the flow of immigrants from his own country much less Syria into Europe now...going to get real ugly there

hendrik1730's picture

If someone can sack many thousands of judges, policemen and can muster massive amounts of people to take for the streets within days after an "unexpected" military coup, this can only mean 1 thing : the whole operation is a gigantic false flag, was well prepared and serves only one purpose : strengthen the position of the person(s) in charge ( Erdogan and his fundamentalistic religious clan ). Goebbels would be proud of him. This reminds me of 9/11, the "unexpected" terrorist attack on the twin towers ( and WTC7, where no plane crashed but misteriously went down containing all the paperwork around the smelly bankruptcy of Enron ). A mere 2 days after the events, a well organised chain of trucking and carrying off of debris started, taking all possible evidence as soon as possible to Korea and/or Taiwan to be recycled. This while after hurricane Katrina, MONTHS later nothing was being done for displaced people. MONTHS. And the hurricane was predicted to happen several days before it made landfall. The Turkish coup was a false flag attack just like 9/11, only to justify actions to be taken by TPTB for their banking masters.

Khan Bodin's picture

Good for Turkey. They are cleansing themselves from western intel agents, claiming their sovereignty back.

SirBarksAlot's picture

How to know when you know too much:

The United States rejected asylum application of Gen. Bekir Ercan Van.


Dodgy Geezer's picture

Actually, the simplest and most obvious explanation for the coup was that Erdogan was preparing extensive arrest lists and this information leaked out.

This explains why a rapid and ill-organised coup was undertaken, why many Army chiefs have fled to Greece, and why Erdogan was able to implement so many arrests so quickly.



Khan Bodin's picture

Listen to this moronic eurotrash! Erdogan can purge whatever number of his subordinates, he's their supreme leader. Eurotrash is "concerned" because they are losing their hold over Turkey. Erdogan should have asked them if he can purge his traitors! Turkey is a North Atlantic Terrorist Organization member ffs, and we all know that means acceptance to being governed by Jesuit Order scum! ehehehe

DeathMerchant's picture

Turkey is only doing this so the country can consist of 100% moslem assholes without anyone else.

ISawThatToo's picture
ISawThatToo (not verified) Jul 18, 2016 11:18 AM

Banbait #431

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

After the Dancing Mossad murder-show to benefit the Khazarians' redevelopment of NYC and the Middle-East. After the Sandy Hook "Drill," Boston "Boom," the Charlie Hebdo Paris Gumball Rally," and the BS of Orlando.

After the lies and false-flags, who can ascertain what it real and what is Khazarian Memorex?!

Protocols 1:11 "The political has nothing in common with the moral. The ruler who is governed by the moral is not a skilled politician, and is therefore unstable on his throne. He who wishes to rule must have recourse both to cunning and to make-believe. Great national qualities, like frankness and honesty, are vices in politics, for they bring down rulers from their thrones more effectively and more certainly than the most powerful enemy. Such qualities must be the attributes of the kingdoms of the Goyim, but we must in no wise be guided by them. 

Protocols 1:23 "Our countersign is - Force and Make-believe...This evil is the one and only means to attain the end, the good. Therefore we must not stop at bribery, deceit and treachery when they should serve towards the attainment of our end. In politics one must know how to seize the property of others without hesitation if by it we secure submission and sovereignty."
Protocols 1:24 "Our State, marching along the path of peaceful conquest, has the right to replace the horrors of war by less noticeable and more satisfactory sentences of death, necessary to maintain the terror which tends to produce blind submission. Just but merciless severity is the greatest factor of strength in the State: not only for the sake of gain but also in the name of duty, for the sake of victory, we must keep to the programme of violence and make-believe.

It's not their fault. It's their plan.

general ripper's picture

How did this guy get ahold of the Joseph Stalin playbook?

Skiprrrdog's picture

Obeezlbub the Brown Clown lent it to him...

Khan Bodin's picture

You know, somewhere after the great war, Stalin continued his purge which started in 1937 I think and all Bolshevik Jews were removed from power! Co-called Cold War instantly followed. Jesuits were very concerned for the loss of their Jewish agents you see.

Skiprrrdog's picture

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


Ya think???

ZIRPY's picture

Throw them out of NATO and let Russia bitch-slap them silly.

Khan Bodin's picture

It seems that Turkey is flipping eastward. If they kick out Murican army from Incirlik, it will impact opium trade intended for European market. You will probably see an increased activity at Camp Bondsteel, another major transit point of Afghan opium, in Kosovo.

Khan Bodin's picture

Incirlik base is a major transit pouint of Afghan opium western intel agencies are cultivating there. Talibans had almost completely eradicated opium production, but since western occupation 15 yrs ago, the production has never been higher. Every Turkish administrator of that base will be bought off. Yeary harvest of Afghan opium is worth around a trillion dollar you know.

juicy_bananas's picture

Make Erdogan Great Again

Amy G. Dala's picture

Talk to uniformed military here, even into the enlisted ranks, you will find them more politcally astute than generations past.  Maybe a decade or so of risking one's ass will concentrate the mind in this way.  They don't trust their CIC, they don't trust their secdef.  Their ships are buzzed by russian planes, they are taken hostage by Iranians, they are fighting wars their leadership has no intention of winning.  Yet the real issue they face is transgender integration.

A high volatility mix, disgruntled people trained in firearms (the cops are almost there.)  I can see a President Clinton, when a state governor refuses to implement one of her edicts, mobilizing the National Guard, who promptly says fuck you.  Then she gives the order to active duty service, who promptly says fuck you. Let the games begin.

We are closer than you think.  Ballsy move by Erdogan, but that must have been what he sensed:  we are close to flash point.   Time to move.  Well played, Recip.

WmMcK's picture

+1 - Nice post, great alias.

Khan Bodin's picture

Since WW2 you have killed close to 30 million people in your western wars of aggression on sovereign countries of the world. What do you think of that, hmm?

bankonzhongguo's picture

It's pretty clear Europe has a new Muslim Hitler.

Somehow I don't think Erdogan is just going to do whatever the US, Israel and Germany says - including starting a war with Iran.

Maybe consolidate Syrian and Kurd territory into their domain.

More dams.

Veil Gluck.

Emergency Ward's picture

Many world leaders are not aghast at Erdogan's actions, they are envious of him.

DaveA's picture

He's makin' a list
Checkin' it twice
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice
Erdogan's purge is coming for you!

Stu Elsample's picture

President Estrogen has gone coup coup

Zero-Hegemon's picture

"Do these mom jeans make me look fat?"

Khan Bodin's picture

I doubt the man staged his own coup. He simply has no need for it. He can purge whatever number of his subordinates he wants, especially if he questions their loyalty. He doesn't need excuses for doing it if the will is there. That and the fact that the CIA network of agents under the codename Gullen is against him tells you that he is somewhat independent in his decisions and cares for Turkish sovereignty and interests. Also, don't forget the fact that all western corporate media have in a somewhat joyful tone reported that the coup was successful.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Seems pretty clear that he knew what he wanted to do before the coup.

Turkey, Brazil, Egypt, Lybia, (The US) and Syria all used to be pretty nice countries until the globalists decided that they had to wreck them.

The Gun Is Good's picture

Yeah, but does he have the REX-84 / FEMA camps to put 'em in?

GreatUncle's picture

Only possible if all western governments and the US backs him.

Is there such a concept of indirect culpability when 20K people get slaughtered?


If the western governments had never supported him he would not have been able to get into this position a bit like the US was indirectly responsibly for getting Hitler power.

Erdogan is the sequel, I am just hoping Putin is a good a match top Stalin as Erdogan is to Hitler.

snakehead's picture


Pro Erdogan Turkish islamists are claiming that the coup was a Jewish plan

snakehead's picture

Wait, what happened to Gulen and the USA? 

snakehead's picture

Islamist culture do not accept if something bad have done by a Muslim, they deny it as Turks do now= plotters are Armenians,Jews etc..

WolfgangCire's picture

good. that is a smart way to get rid of u.s. evil insiders

IronForge's picture

20K? Just like Santy-Claus/Krampus, he must have had a twice-checked List prepped beforehand.