Skepticism in the main stream media about the supposed coup in Turkey is beginning to emerge. From Reuters‘ Robert-Jan Bartunek:
The swift rounding up of judges and others after a failed coup in Turkey indicated the government had prepared a list beforehand, the EU commissioner dealing with Turkey’s membership bid, Johannes Hahn, said on Monday.
Following a failed coup attempt on Saturday, Turkish authorities on Sunday rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters, ranging from top commanders to foot soldiers, and the same number of judges and prosecutors.
“It looks at least as if something has been prepared. The lists are available, which indicates it was prepared and to be used at a certain stage,” Hahn said.
“I’m very concerned. It is exactly what we feared.”
Reuters apparently have a significant number of journalists with sources in Turkey. Perhaps a purge of journalists is next. Tyler Durden of widely read web site Zero Hedge appears to be in front of the story:
Overnight Turkish president Erdogan’s counter-coup witch hunt continued, when thousands of police officers were suspended on Monday, widening a systemic purge of Erdogan’s enemies first in the armed forces and then judiciary after a failed military coup, now focusing on the interior police force, and raising concern among European allies that it was abandoning the rule of law. Turkey’s state-run news agency says the nation has detained or suspended 20,000 personnel across the country, following Friday’s foiled coup attempt.
Anadolu Agency says a total of 8,777 employees attached to the ministry were dismissed, including 30 governors, 52 civil service inspectors and 16 legal advisers.
The last few days remind close observers of Turkey of a infamous quote, “”democracy is like a train: when you reach your destination, you get off.” Small wonder Erdogan removed 27oo judges withinthe first hours of what’s become a quite dubious coup.