Turkey marking the first anniversary Saturday of the attempted overthrow of President Tayyip Erdogan even as the country still remains in a state of emergency. President Erdogan and members of the opposition came together to mark the day a moment of unity all but overshadowed by the government crackdown which Erdogan says is necessary to ensure national security.
But a shaken society and sharpened divisions since. The gathering in Parliament, one of the first in a string of events this weekend, to commemorate the night of July 15th. When thousands of unarmed civilians took to the streets to defy rogue soldiers who tried to seize power some 250 people died before the coup was put down.
A show of popular defiance that likely ended decades of military interference in Turkish politics.>> It is a very proud feeling, there's nothing to say. We are so sad, but so proud at the same time. And also happy because we won.>> Since then, about 150,000 people have been fired or suspended from job in the civil service and private sector.
And more than 50,000 detained for alleged links to the coup. On Friday the government said it had dismissed 7,000 more police, civil servants, and academics for suspected links to the man it blames for the attempted coup, US-based cleric Fetullah Gulen. Critics charge that Erdogan is using the state or emergency to target opposition figures Including rights activists, pro-Kurdish politicians, and journalists.