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6,000 held after failed Turkey coup






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Turkey is trying hard to get those responsible for the weekend's failed coup attempt. It has arrested around 6,000 members of the judiciary and military, including top judges and generals. It also suspended nearly 8,000 police officers. President Erdogan said he would rid institutions of the "virus" that caused the coup. He is taking a very hard line and said he might use the death penalty. This might stop Turkey from joining the European Union.

Turkey's Justice Minister said the legal process on more than 6,000 people would go ahead. He added that: "Suspects are being charged with membership of an armed terrorist organisation and of attempting to overthrow the government…using force and violence." At least 290 people were killed and thousands wounded in the coup attempt. President Erdogan asked people to "take to the streets" to protect Turkey. His forces soon retook control.

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