• Turkish ‘unity’ rally condemns coup amid torture claims


    ISTANBUL: Many thousands of Turks massed on Sunday for the first cross-party rally to condemn the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid a purge of suspected state enemies. Istanbul’s Taksim Square was transformed into a red sea of national flags as Erdogan’s ruling Islamic-conservatives and the opposition secular camps briefly set aside their differences in a show of national unity. But in stark contrast to the broadly celebratory mood in Istanbul, human rights group Amnesty International in London claimed it had “credible evidence” of the beating and torture of post-coup detainees. The official number of those in custody since the July 15 putsch has surged above 13,000 soldiers, police, justice officials and civilians in a wave of arrests that has alarmed NATO allies and European leaders.



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