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Turkey plans mass release to make jail space

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>> There's little room in Turkey's jails these days. 35,000 arrests since a coup attempt in mid-July packing overcrowded prisons to the gills. To clear space, the government announced plans on Wednesday to release some 38,000 inmates who were already doing time before the putsch. But a month in, the government keeps adding coup suspects to its prison population.
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Reuters David Dolan reports from Istanbul.>> While it does seem to be slowing down, the occurrence is slowing down, and indeed the numbers of people that are being rounded up daily, seem to be fewer in number than some of the very big numbers that we were seeing in the beginning.
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It doesn't seem to be completely dropping off at all.>> Dramatic new CCTV footage of the coup itself was released on Wednesday, troops storming the state run TRT television channel's studios in Ankara, on the night of July the 15th. Detaining TRT staff, then government supporters flooding the building.
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240 people were killed in Turkey that night. Ever since, Turkish leaders have relentlessly hunted followers of the alleged mastermind, US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen. They believe he built a parallel network that pervaded the military and bureaucracy as it prepared to seize power. To their fury, western leaders increasingly decry the purge as a pretext for crushing descent.
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More plot suspects brought to trial too on Wednesday, 11 commandos accused of attacking a hotel where President Tayyip Erdoğan was on holiday on the night of the putsch. Tipped off that his life was in danger, Erdoğan fled unscathed.