Turkey sacks 15000 more people as part of coup probe

Will the Gulen worldwide political/religious/economic empire, part of which is within the territory of the US, continue operation if Gulen is returned to Turkey to face charges of masterminding the July 15, 2016 military coup attempt? But I don't know how.

Thousands of people have been sacked or suspended from the police, judiciary and civil service following the coup. "We are willing, together with other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and in accordance with the rules of its legal documents, to seriously study it on the basis of consensus consultation", Geng said, without elaborating.

"[The SCO] was established by five members, but then countries such as Uzbekistan, Pakistan and India also got involved", Erdogan said, referring to newer and prospective states.

President Tayyip Erdogan said the measures had significantly weakened the network of US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers are blamed by Ankara for infiltrating state institutions over several decades and carrying out the attempted putsch.

In a separate development on Tuesday, Turkish authorities detained 20 staff at Silivri jail outside Istanbul accused of using the Bylock messaging app that Ankara says was specially developed by Gulen supporters for the coup plot.

The crackdown has become a source of tension between Turkey and Europe.

There have been reports that Erdogan is considering the reintroduction of the death penalty as a further counter measure against the rising dissent. Erdogan says Gulen was behind a failed July coup against his government.

Authorities have cracked down on politicians and institutions alleging ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a 32-year insurgency against Turkey in the largely Kurdish southeast.

The case pre-dates the coup attempt, but is likely to be expanded to include charges related to the events of July 15.

Critics have claimed that the crackdown goes well beyond the suspected coup plotters and targets anyone who has dared show opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Tuesday's decrees also announced the closure of 375 institutions or associations, including minority rights groups, lawyers' associations and women's groups.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Turkey is already a dialogue partner of the bloc and has for a long time closely cooperated with it, which China appreciates. Media outlets have also been shut down.

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