Turkey 'cleanses' security forces with iron fist after failed coup

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made clear he will show no mercy.

Just days after a failed military coup that broke out into deadly violence, talks of reintroducing the death penalty have revived and thousands have been arrested, many of whom were detained in horse stables, stripped to the waist in humiliation.

Erdogan is wasting no time to "cleanse" the country's security forces of "viruses," as he put it, vowing that those behind the attempt to overthrow his government "will pay a very heavy price for this act of treason."

Among the arrested are 103 generals and admirals, a third of the general-rank command of the Turkish military, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.

A total of 8,777 officers from the Turkish Ministry of Interior have been removed from office, Anadolu reported, adding that the majority were police officers.

Police, judges, senior aides and lawyers are also among the arrested, and eight soldiers who fled to Greece are waiting to hear their fate.

A Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Turkey and Greece did not have a bilateral extradition agreement, but that Turkey did have one with the European Union. It is unclear at this point how an extradition with the regional bloc might work.

At least 290 people died and 1,400 were injured in clashes after military tanks rolled onto the streets of Ankara and Istanbul on Friday night.

Erdogan, who was on holiday at the time, used FaceTime to mobilize the Turkish people onto the streets to challenge the military.


Photo shows a mass dentention in Ankara, where dozens of detainees were forced to kneel partially stripped