The streets of Istanbul were overflowing with supporters
of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday
night with more than a million people attending a rally in
the wake of last month’s failed military coup. Turkish
government sources said five million people arrived to
support the president, and the event was broadcast to
thousands more at smaller rallies across the country.
“If the nation makes such a decision [in support of death
penalty], I believe political parties will abide by this
decision,” he said in a rally at the Yenikapi square in the
city’s Sultanahmet district in Istanbul on Sunday.
“It is the Turkish parliament that will decide on this
[death penalty] given the sovereignty rests with the
nation…I declare it in advance, I will approve the
decision made by the parliament,” Erdogan said.
He compared the use of the death penalty in the U.S., Japan
and China as examples of major powers who utilize such a
measure, in defiance of critics within the EU who have
cautioned against such moves following the coup attempt.
“They say there is no death penalty in the EU… Well, the
US has it, Japan has it, China has it, most of the world has
it. So they are allowed to have it. We used to have it until
1984. Sovereignty belongs to the people, so if the people
make this decision I am sure the political parties will
Amid red and white flags, Erdogan pledged to use any
measures within the power of the ruling government to
prevent another attempt at seizing power in the NATO
“As a state and as a nation we need to analyze the July 15
coup attempt very well. We need to evaluate well not just
those who engaged in this treachery, but the powers
behind them, the motives that made them take action,”
Erdogan told the crowd, whose number the Turkish
media estimated to be millions.
The Turkish government accused the exiled U.S.-based
cleric Fethullah Gulen of inspiring the failed military coup
last month, which saw clashes leave at least 273 people
dead, but Gulen has denied his involvement in the coup.
i support the reintroduction of the death penalty after last month’s failed coup,and parliament approve the measure.