Turkey commemorates the July 15 Gülenist coup attempt

Turkish ​President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave an interview to BBC

Turkish ​President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave an interview to BBC

The government says the crackdown and constitutional changes are necessary to address security threats.

The events and ceremonies, which will be attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be open to the public.

Authorities hold Gulen, a US-based Turkish preacher, and his supporters in the state responsible for orchestrating last July's failed coup attempt.

Addressing a function in Ankara, he said the emergency rule will not be lifted untill Turkey needs to fight against terrorism.

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"Journalists commit crimes too and when they do the judiciary makes the necessary assessment", he said.

A 250-mile "justice march" organized by opposition party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu morphed into an unexpected rallying point for Mr. Erdogan's opponents.

A former Istanbul governor was among those dismissed. "We are comfortable", he said. "We are concerned that, under the state of emergency, at least nine Americans and one consulate employee have been detained and imprisoned on what appear to be false charges". "It may also have changed the wider political culture in Turkey".

"The majority of the Turkish people don't want the European Union anymore".

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Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has repeatedly denied his involvement and Erdogan has been accused of exploiting the coup to get rid of Gulenists and other opponents.

"If (Erdogan) is hindered from roaming around in Europe and influencing European countries the way he wants, then I hope that this will affect his politics", AFP quoted him as saying.

"We are talking about a structure (going back) more than 40 years, hence it is not possible to cleanse it in one day".

"The rumors aren't true at all", the 79-year-old cleric said in an interview with Reuters. However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed.

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"The EU is not indispensable for us".

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