>> Turks are preparing to mark the first anniversary of the attempted overthrow of President Tayyip Erdogan. A year on, the country remains in a state of emergency and facing one of the most far reaching purges in the country's modern history. A crackdown, the government says, is necessary to ensure national security.
I'm Reuters' Emily Wither in Istanbul. On July 15th, tanks appeared on the Bosphorus Bridge behind me. It was the first sign that a coup was underway. It was a unifying night for Turkey, thousands of people took to the streets to face down the perpetrators. But the months that have followed have polarized society, and some say have put a question mark over the country's democracy.
Metin Dogan has become a poster boy of civilian defiance. When he saw what was happening he threw himself in front of a tank at Istanbul's airport, prepared to die to force more people out on to the streets. He fully supports the crack down that's followed.>> I think all of those arrests are right and appropriate.
In fact, there should be more. Now, a terrorist organization has infiltrated everywhere. The reason why Europe is criticizing us is not because they are thinking of our well being, they criticize us to prevent Turkey from becoming stronger.>>
This weekend then sure to be another polarizing moment. Turks not sure if they're marking a victory or the start of some of the country's darkest days.
Around 50,000 people have been detained, and 150,000 suspended from their jobs. A quarter of judges and prosecutors have been sacked, and freedom of the press has been thrown into doubt, with about 160 writers and journalists in custody, including Yonka's husband. Ahmet Sik a prominent investigative journalist and author is accused of spreading terrorist propaganda.
His trial begins later this month.>>
In a meeting Ahmed said, our dilemma is we're trying to use the law to fight the mafia when the law has already decided to side it with the mafia. This clearly explains Turkey's situation.