'People have died to defend their democracy' - Commentator explains Turkey's coup

'People have died to defend their democracy' - Commentator explains Turkey's coup

The military occupied key locations in Turkey in an attempted coup

Monday, July 18, 2016

Political commentator Zeynep Jane Louise Kandur, a member of the country's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has denied that the government is "authoritarian" and told talkRADIO that Turkish people "have died to defend their democracy'" following last weekend's tumultous attempted coup.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan surpressed an attempted overthrow of his government from a group calling itself the Turkish Peace Council.

On Friday, tanks rolled into Ankara, Istanbul, and other major cities, and a tense political situation descended into violence and turmoil. Forces loyal to the president contained the rebels, but not before at least 290 died and more than 1,400 were wounded. according to Turkey's Foreign Ministry.

Arrests of alleged coup supporters are ongoing, with around 6,000 people detained so far, including more than 2,700 judges and 29 of the country's top generals suspected of having links with the group.

Listen to the full interview above

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