Handed to him on a platter…..
The coup is a gift from God’: Erdogan uses botched rebellion to start purge – including arresting 3,000 secular judges – to forge radical new Turkey after urging Islamists to stay on the streets
President Recep Erdogan, pictured surrounded by a phalanx of heavily-armed bodyguards warned that those behind Friday’s attempted coup would ‘pay a heavy price’ for their treachery. Erdogan, urged his supporters to remain on the streets to show their loyalty to the regime, which has began a major purge against critics. He said: ‘This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army.’ Erdogan told his ecstatic supporters that the military had attempted to assassinate him at his holiday hotel on the Mediterranean coast. He said: ‘They bombed places I had departed from right after I was gone. They probably thought we were still there.’ Erdogan’s prime minister Prime Minister Binali Yildirim claimed those behind the coup ‘will receive every punishment they deserve’, amid suggestions the death penalty in Turkey was about to be reinstated.