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50,000 caught up in Turkey purge

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>> About 50,000 people now detained or suspended from their jobs in Turkey. That as the government purges opponents following the weekend's attempted coup. Among those suspended, 100 intelligence operatives. Around 16,000 civil servants, including hundreds in the Prime Minister's office. All 1,577 of the country's university deans, and 21,000 teachers, with academics also banned from overseas travel.
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That on top of at least 3,000 arrests in the armed forces. The detentions cement the power of President Tayyip Erdogan. He says those detained are connected to exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. Now Ankara wants to show the world that it has good reason to crack down. Reuters correspondent Dasha Afanasieva took part in an official tour of facilities damaged in Friday's violence.
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>> I'm here at the Parliament building, that you can see has been very badly damaged by Friday night's attempted coup attempt. I've been told by officials that an F-16 rocket hit this connecting part of the Parliament. And that if it had been in a slightly different place then it would have meant that a lot of the people that were waiting here in protest, a lot of the deputies, would've died.
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>> But Erdogan's victory could come at a high price. Turkey now deeply divided into pro and anti government factions. The credibility of its armed forces perhaps irreparably damaged. Ankara may also suffer an international backlash. The speed and scale of the crackdown alarms EU partners, as does talk of restoring the death penalty.
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Any move to do that could halt Turkey's long drawn out bid for EU membership.