“I want the death penalty!”, “I want the death penalty!” – a chanting crowd staged in Istanbul at the funeral of victims of a failed military coup. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised the crowd that the question of the return of the death penalty for the rebels will be considered. Previously, experts have stated that this can dramatically undermine Turkey’s relations with the EU.
Erdogan took Sunday part in Istanbul in the funeral ceremony of the victims of the attempted military coup. A crowd of thousands at some point, made a chant, demanding the imposition of the death penalty, as previously mentioned, the Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim.
Erdogan, hearing these slogans, addressed the crowd, saying that “in a democracy, the demand of the people can not be ignored”.
The Turkish leader added that the proposal will be evaluated in the framework of the constitutional process of the relevant authorities who will take decisions.
Recall now that after the attempted coup, which some analysts described as a hoax Erdogan to strengthen his authoritarian rule, Turkey issued warrants for the arrests of thousands of judges, including members of the constitutional and Supreme courts.
Erdogan, in his speech, gathered in Istanbul, also urged them not to leave the square empty and not to go there, stressing that the suppression of the attempted coup is “not the surgery that lasts 12 hours.”
Erdogan also compared supporters of the preacher Fethullah Gulen with the “cancer virus” that infiltrated all organs of the state. The President of Turkey announced that the Ministry of justice and Ministry of foreign Affairs had already sent in the U.S. demands for the extradition of Gulen, it now remains to see the reaction of Washington.
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