Turkey detained more than 1,000 people and suspended over 9,100 police in a vast new crackdown against alleged supporters of the US-based preacher accused of orchestrating the coup bid against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Residents in the Kasimpasa area of Istanbul blame the failed military coup on either the United States, a Turkish cleric in exile in Pennsylvania, or some combo of the two. The theories are popular in Turkey, despite nobody providing evidence to support them.
Turkey is already one of the world's leading jailers of journalists, and it added to that score on Sunday by arresting media employees across the country. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says the arrests are part of a coup plot, but political motives seem more likely.
What started as a corruption investigation against family members and business associates of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle has escalated with purges of the police and prosecutors who are investigating politicians. And the prime minister blames a shadowy religious leader who's in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania.
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