West voices alarm as Turkey presses post-coup purge

Police escort soldiers in a roundup after a military coup in TurkeyTurkey launched fresh raids Monday in a relentless crackdown against suspects behind a coup bid that left over 300 people dead, as its Western allies warned against any move to reinstate the death penalty. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to wipe out the “virus” of the putschists after facing down the coup bid by elements of the military disgruntled with what they see as his increasingly iron-fisted 13-year rule. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman denounced “revolting scenes of caprice and revenge against soldiers on the streets” after disturbing pictures emerged of the treatment of some detained suspects.

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