A day after Turkish leaders revoked licenses, fired, and arrested tens of thousands of teachers and civil servants allegedly linked to last week’s failed coup, national authorities on Wednesday promised to establish “a special court for trying coup plotters” as well as “a special prison” for those convicted of taking part in the putsch, according to Turkish Weekly.
Meanwhile, Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbaş told a group of protesters late Tuesday that he was planning to create a “graveyard for traitors” to bury the bodies of soldiers killed during the coup, Hurriyet Daily reported.
The Turkish newspaper detailed Topbaş’s macabre comments:
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“I believe that they won’t be saved from hell,” Topbaş added. “But we need make the world unbearable for them.”
Nationwide animosity toward coup participants is apparently growing: the state’s director of religious affairs issued a statement Tuesday promising to withhold religious funerary services to those on the side of the coup who were killed last week, apparently in response to a deluge of questions on the topic.
“Saying that funeral prayers were reserved for believers who died and that blessing were given for the deceased during the prayers, the statement added the coup plotting soldiers did not deserve the blessings of the believers,” Hurriyet Daily reported.
Observers wonder if funeral services and graveyards may soon be in greater demand in Turkey: “Amid the post-coup purge, [President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan said Tuesday he supported reintroducing the death penalty,” as Common Dreams reported.
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