Turkey marks 1 year since July 15 coup attempt quashed

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The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was represented by its deputy chairman as the party's two co-leaders are in jail - as are local members of rights group Amnesty International and almost 160 journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been accused of using excessive force against anyone who is remotely linked to the coup, is expected to address rallies in Ankara and Istanbul on Saturday, 15 July, 2017.

"This is why the perpetrators of this betrayal, the coup plotters, will never be forgotten for what they've done", he told worldwide media covering commemorative events lined up by the government to mark the July 15 coup.

NATO's secretary general says on the first anniversary of Turkey's failed coup that any attempt to undermine democracy in any one of the allied countries is "unacceptable".

Teachers, academics, military and police officers were sacked late Friday, including former Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu who was jailed last August for alleged links to USA -based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

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Erdogan said that the emergency rule now in place in Turkey would be lifted once all anti-terrorism goals set by the government were fulfilled. The order reinstated 313 people to their jobs.

Around 350 soldiers were also stripped of their ranks in the latest action.

One year on after a failed coup attempt, Turkish leaders continued to lambast what they described as traitors to the country and criticised the western world for showing more empathy towards the coup plotters rather than the victims.

Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its US -based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

During the coup F-16 fighter jets piloted by plotters bombed Turkey's parliament 11 times, forcing members of parliament who convened for an emergency session to seek shelter in the basement.

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Kilicdaroglu this month finished a 25-day, 425 km (265 mile) "justice march" from Ankara to Istanbul, to protest the detention of a CHP lawmaker. Some 250 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured across Turkey in the struggle.

Erdogan, at the center of the events, will to take part in a people's march on the Istanbul bridge across the Bosphorus that saw bloody fighting a year ago.

Yildirim thanked the thousands who heeded a call by Erdogan to flood the streets to resist the coup.

The Turkish government has pointed an accusing finger at Feto and its United States-based ringleader Fethullah Gulen for the failed coup attempt aimed at overthrowing Erdogan and his government.

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