Saturday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “chop off the heads” of traitors in a speech that marked the first year anniversary since a failed coup attempt that aimed to oust the quasi-dictator from power.
As if it were another day the office, Erdogan commented:
“First of all, we will chop off the heads of those traitors . . . We are a state governed by rule of law. If it comes to me after parliament, I will sign it.”
Erdogan also said the suspects being tried on suspicion of involvement in the failed coup should wear uniform clothing like the notorious orange jumpsuits used at US military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
“I spoke to the prime minister and… when they appear in court, let’s make them appear in uniform suits like in Guantanamo,” Erdogan said.
A controversy erupted last week when one suspect was seen going into court with the word “hero” in large letters in English on a T-shirt.
Erdogan was speaking to hundreds of thousands of supporters gathered at the bridge over the Bosphorus that saw some of the fiercest fighting on the night of the July 15, 2016 attempted coup.
“We paid a price … but there is no price for the independence and future we obtained in return for that sacrifice,” he said, referring to the deaths of 249 people at the hands of the plotters.