US, EU warn Turkey on coup crackdown

People wave Turkish flags next to a statue of the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Istanbul on July 16, 2016 during a demonstration in support of the Turkish presidentThe United States and European Union on Monday sternly warned Turkey to respect the rule of law after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government launched a massive crackdown following the failed coup. Germany and the EU also said any move by Turkey to reinstate the death penalty for the coup plotters would derail Ankara’s long-stalled membership bid. US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in Brussels that Friday’s attempted putsch was “no excuse” for excessive action, as Turkish authorities said they had arrested over 7,500 people and sacked more than 9,000.

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