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EU watching Turkey state of emergency 'with concern'

Turkey announced a three-month state of emergency, strengthening state powers to round up suspects behind a failed coup
Umit Turhan Coskun (AFP)
Emergency state strengthens state's powers to round up suspects behind the failed military coup

The European Union expressed "concern" over Turkey's decision to impose a state of emergency following the attempted coup, and urged the country to respect human rights and the rule of law.

Turkey earlier announced a three-month state of emergency, strengthening state powers to round up suspects behind the failed military coup and suspending a key European rights convention.

"We are following the developments regarding the state of emergency Turkey has declared after the attempted coup, which the European Union condemned, very closely and with concern," said a statement jointly issued by the bloc's foreign affair's chief Federica Mogherini and enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn.

"This declaration comes in the wake of the recent unacceptable decisions on the education system, judiciary and the media... we call on Turkish authorities to respect under any circumstances the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right of all individuals concerned to a fair trial," the strongly worded statement added.

Turkey's moves came in defiance of growing global alarm over the extent of legal retribution after the coup that unsuccessfully tried to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but ended with some 50,000 alleged sympathizers in state offices losing their jobs and around 9,200 suspects detained.

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The EU are the same hypocrites in cahoots with the coup plotters and now they have the nerve to scold the Turkish government. Its okay when European countries declare states of emergency when their issues arise, but criminals, backed by the EU are sacrosanct. Mr. Erdogan, tell 'em to pound sand. Root out the enemies of the Turkish people and prosecute to the full extent of the law and tell the EU to STFU!!

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