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After the Coup
Erdogan Releases 38,000 Prisoners to Make Room for Coup Plotters

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is emptying Turkey’s jails to make space to lock up tens of thousands of political enemies coup plotters. Reuters reports:

In an interview with A Haber television, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 38,000 people would initially be released, but as many as 93,000 could benefit from the program.

To be eligible for the scheme, prisoners must have served half of their sentences. Previously they were required to have already served two thirds of their sentences.

According to justice ministry data obtained by Anadolu agency, there were 213,499 prisoners in jail as of Aug. 16, more than 26,000 above prison capacity.

So Turkey could empty somewhere between 17 and 43.5 percent of its prison capacity to make room for the following dangerous, dangerous classes of peoples:

Alongside tens of thousands of civil servants suspended or dismissed, more than 35,000 people have been detained in the purge. Judges, journalists, police, and teachers are among those targeted for suspected links to Gulen’s movement.

Any government that survives a coup attempt is obviously going to punish those responsible. And in the narrow sense of the word “responsible”—i.e. those who actually plotted and executed the coup—this is usually just. That’s not what’s going on in Turkey. This is a thoroughgoing purge of civil society so large as to be nearly revolutionary. It was embarked on so swiftly and with so much detail after the coup that it seems likely that Erdogan already had the lists for a purge drawn up. And there’s no telling where it will end.

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  • Observe&Report

    What was it Bane did when he took over Gotham City?

  • Fat_Man

    “it seems likely that Erdogan already had the lists for a purge drawn up”

    Does that mean Erdogan knew the coup attempt was coming? Did Erdogan stage it so he could implement the purge?

    • Observe&Report

      I think you may be giving him too much credit. Perhaps the coup-plotters got wind of the purge lists and chose to strike early; and now that they’ve failed, Erdogan is using this as an excuse to go full throttle on something he was going to do anyway.

      • Fat_Man

        You don’t think that Erdogan can be as vicious as Putin?

        “The Unsolved Mystery Behind the Act of Terror That Brought Putin to Power” by David Satter August 17, 2016

        “I believe that Vladimir Putin came to power as the result of an act of terror committed against his own people. The evidence is overwhelming that the apartment-house bombings in 1999 in Moscow, Buinaksk, and Volgodonsk, which provided a pretext for the second Chechen war and catapulted Putin into the presidency, were carried out by the Russian Federal Security Service”

        • Observe&Report

          It’s not a question of viciousness. Erdogan can rightly be accused of many things; but orchestrating an attempted coup against his own regime just to have a reason to purge his enemies is way too far-fetched for me to believe. So many more things could go wrong with a fake coup than with a few staged bombings, risking actual overthrow. And why would Erdogan go to the trouble of destabilising his own country just to have an excuse to purge a few thousand political enemies? He’s the dictator of Turkey, he doesn’t need to cook up elaborate explanations to do that. Putin certainly wouldn’t bother.

          Erdogan doesn’t have Putin’s aptitude for strategy. And even if he did, Erdogan, like Putin, is a strongman. Spectacular terrorist attacks against the common people enable strongmen to look stronger by responding with unrelenting force. Attempted coups against the strongman himself – even failed ones – by contrast, make him look weak.

  • FluffyFooFoo

    I am still not certain the coup was real.

  • johngbarker

    So the spirit of Stalin lives to purge again; I wonder how crazy Erdogan really is. Maybe the next victims will be those who wear glasses.

  • FriendlyGoat

    “Where is will end” is Turkey becoming a more-and-more unreliable, unstable, radical place. We can pretty-much assume that it’s everybody BUT the nuts (aka Islamic nuts) who are being rounded up.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The Turks were the most successful Muslim dominated country in the world, because Kemal had forced Islam out of politics. Now they have foolishly thrown that away and will suffer the consequences. Shorting Turkish stocks over the next decade will be very profitable, as that economy descends into Muslim inefficiency and corruption.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Sadly, he forced them out of politics, but didn’t expunge Islam itself….and that is where the problem lies….

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