Tensions ahead of pro-Erdogan rally in Germany

Police prepare for the rally of supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 31, 2016 in CologneTens of thousands of supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were expected to attend a rally in the German city of Cologne Sunday as tensions over Turkey’s failed coup put authorities on edge. Since the attempted July 15 power grab, Erdogan’s government has launched a crackdown, detaining almost 19,000 people and sparking international concern. Ratcheting up its clampdown on the military, Ankara on Sunday dismissed nearly 1,400 military personnel, including a top aide to Erdogan, and confirmed it would close military schools and academies.

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