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Published: Wed, August 03, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Turkey protests at Germany's barring of Erdogan address


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More than 1,700 military personnel were dishonourably discharged last week for their role in the putsch, which saw a faction of the military commandeer tanks, helicopters and warplanes in an attempt to topple the government.

"It is important that the United States, our friend and ally, display a clear and decisive stance against this terrorist coup attempt against our nation and democracy", Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford during their meeting in Ankara. Turkey has demanded the speedy extradition of Gulen from the United States, but Washington has asked for evidence he was involved in the attempted coup and says the USA extradition process must be allowed to take its course.

The report said: "Dunford will be reaffirming the importance of our enduring partnership for regional security as symbolised by coalition operations out of Incirlik in the counter-ISIL fight".

Last year, after long negotiations, the U.S. finally convinced Turkey to open Incirlik to operations against Islamic State.

While in Ankara, Dunford was taken on a tour of the Parliament building, which was bombed during the night of July 15.

"Dunford go home. Send us Fethullah", said one banner, referring to US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose network of followers in the military and state bodies are blamed by Turkey's leaders for carrying out the coup.

Turkey's military and political leaders were to meet on Monday in Ankara with the top United States military commander in the first direct talks since last month's failed coup.

Thousands of supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have gathered in the German city of Cologne for a demonstration against the failed July 15 coup in Turkey. A region court ruled, however, that no messages from speakers elsewhere — such as politicians in Turkey — could be shown on a video screen at the rally.

Germany is home to roughly 3 million people with Turkish roots.

"Eleven of them were captured in Ula", Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told a press conference after a cabinet meeting, referring to a town near Marmaris.

Ibrahim Kalin said Sunday Turkey was "curious what the real reason is behind why German local courts and the Constitutional Court have prevented Recep Tayyip Erdogan's message, and hope German officials will provide a satisfactory explanation". The pro- and anti-coup sentiments among the population have triggered German officials' concerns.

"The decision not to allow the broadcast was absolutely OK and also lawful", German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Monday.

Ties between Germany and Turkey are already strained over the German parliament's decision to brand as genocide the World War I-era Armenian massacre by Ottoman forces.

European officials and human rights groups have expressed increasing concern with the Turkish crackdown, in which almost 70,000 people have been suspended or dismissed from their jobs in sectors including the civil service, education, the judiciary, health care and the media. The president said that until now 18,699 people had been detained in the legal crackdown after the coup, with 10,137 of them placed under arrest.

From his secluded compound in Pennsylvania, the preacher has denied the charges.

Authorities have continued to search for army personnel suspected of participation in the failed coup.

"What's worrying is that this is a one-man show in Ankara now", said an European Union official who has been involved in Turkey's long-stalled efforts to join the bloc. "Sorry, but everything has a price", Kurtulmus said.

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