In the hours since Friday’s uprising — which left nearly 200 people dead in a chaotic night of violence — thousands of soldiers have been arrested and hundreds of judiciary members removed. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has vowed that “they will pay a heavy price
A statement released Sunday by the Turkish Armed Forces said those behind the attempted coup have been “neutralized.”
Around 6,000 people have been detained so far, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told the state-run Anadolu Agency, adding that number is expected to rise.
The arrests include Gen. Bekir Ercan Van, commander of the Incirlik Air Base, Van, commander of the Incirlik Air Base, according to the Turkish President’s office. The United States uses the airbase to launch airstrikes on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
An “order of detention” for Col. Ali Yazici, a senior military aide to Erdogan, has also been issued, according to Anadolu.
Eight Turkish soldiers were arrested after flying a helicopter to Alexandroupoli, Greece, hours after the failed coup attempt. They were charged with “illegal entrance” into Greece and are due in court Monday.
Speaking Sunday at the funeral of one of those killed in the uprising, Erdogan did not rule out bringing back the death penalty for the coup’s perpetrators.
As the crowd chanted “we want the death penalty,” he said, “we can’t ignore the people’s request in a democracy — this is your right.
“This right has to be evaluated by the appropriate authorities according to the constitution and a decision can be made,” Erdogan said in the address broadcast live on TV.
“This virus will be cleaned from all departments of the government,” he added.