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Purge continues as video shows chaos of coup in Turkey

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 01:23

Turkey detains thousands more soldiers, police and judiciary in the wake of a failed coup, as new video emerges showing the chaos of that night. Diane Hodges reports.

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(pics of air base with gun fire) This video shows soldiers firing at civilian protesters outside Akinci Airbase northwest of Ankara last Friday night. The demonstrators had flooded into the streets to show their support for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Now, the government is purging thousands of opponents. Nearly 20-thousand soldiers and police, and members of the civil service and judiciary have been detained or suspended. But their main opponent is Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and he lives in the U.S.. Turkish President Binali Yildirim has called on the U.S. to hand him over. 1098 (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, BINALI YILDIRIM, SAYING: "We will be disappointed if our American friends tell us to show proof even though members of the assassin organization are trying to destroy an elected government." U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is willing to help bring any plotters to justice, but cautioned Ankara to observe the rule of law. 1139 (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "We will certainly support bringing the perpetrators of the coup to justice, but we also caution against a reach that goes well beyond that, and stress the importance of the democratic rule being upheld." Turkey is a member of NATO and one of Washington's most powerful Muslim allies. Western officials worry that Erdogan is using the coup to consolidate his power and further a process of stifling dissent, which has already caused tensions with Europe.

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Purge continues as video shows chaos of coup in Turkey

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 01:23