>> The number of officials arrested in Turkey after last week's failed coup continues to rise. The country's deep purge of allies of the so called Gulen movement, now spreading to the spy agency and the education ministry. 100 agents and more that 15,000 education workers suspended on Tuesday, on suspicion of maintaining links to the exiled cleric, Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of plotting the failed coup.
President Tayyip Erdogan calling for the US to extradite Gulen, accusing Washington of double standards in the fight against terrorism, and demanding neighbor Greece hand back the eight soldiers which sought asylum amidst the chaos. But Reuters
] In Ankara, says despite tensions running high Erdogan's relationship with the west remains untainted
>> Quite often when there is talk within Turkey of changing things, political changes, when there is rhetoric, where there is a fear that civil liberties will be curtailed or that actions will be taken. And it's seen as a sort of comments against the west or ideals against the west by some commentators, but so far in Erdogan's response to this coup the stuff that he said, the most isolationist if you will, and, isn't actually new.
I mean they've talked about how the U.S. needs to hand over Gulen, which is something they've said before, sort of talked about enemies from outside, people interfering in domestic politics, which again is something Erdogan usually talks about quite regularly.>> For now, one of the West's main concerns lies in a return to the death penalty.
>> With due process.>> Turkey scrapped it in 2004 as part of a push to join the EU. But on Monday President Erdogan said it was the will of the people that it should be reinstalled. Turkey's nationalist opposition has said it would back the government's decision. Humanist reminding Turkey that any such move would further hamper the country's European ambitions, urging President Erdogan to reinforce democracy and uphold the rule of law.