Turkey's Erdogan to seek extended state of emergency

"(The coup-plotters) will die over and over again every day while they fester behind prison walls".

The media report said nearly 150,000 people have been purged from their jobs in the public sector and military under emergency decrees. Thousands of people heeded a call by the president to flood the streets and resist the coup. Turkcell had already sent text messages to clients promising them a free extra gigabyte of data from July 15 in celebration of the coup's defeat.

On Sunday, Erdoğan inaugurated a 31,4-meter monument in Ankara honouring the 250 people killed during the coup attempt.

On Friday Turkish ambassador Elif Ulgen briefed journalists about her country's commemoration today of the failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government on 15 July a year ago.

Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen has lived in the United States since 1999, and after the unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey, Ankara has demanded his extradition from the U.S. government.

Erdogan, Yildirim and MHP leader Devlet Bahceli had signalled in their speeches earlier that the state of emergency would be extended.

The message could be heard on Turkey's largest network Turkcell, AFP correspondents said.

Many marched to the building clutching a 3 kilometer- (1.86 mile) long flag, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

In the article published on Saturday - the first anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt - Erdogan wrote that there is "no way to sugar-coat this betrayal of Turkey's friendship", adding that it was incompatible with bilateral relations and fundamental values alike.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renamed the iconic Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul as Martyrs' Bridge - the scene of clashes between civilians and military tanks in 2016.

Vanessa Coleman

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