From the ‘Guardian’; Obama urged Erdogan “to follow due process as his government pursues those responsible for the coup.” The article continues by saying, but “the scale of the arrests and firings led to fears that Erdoğan is using the situation to settle scores with anyone perceived to pose any kind of threat to the government, whether or not they were involved in the coup.”
And the extent of Erodogan’s cleansing has already been made clear in the headline which points out that 15,000 education workers have been dismissed following the coup. Ah, yes, “the coup” and while we might wonder what links the dismissal of over 1,500 university deans, 257 PM’s office and the grand total of some 35,000 public servants have with the coup, well the link is opposition.
It might be some time before the nature and the roots of the coup are completely revealed, but one thing is clear and that is the events of a couple of days ago have given Erdogan and his AKP an opportunity to break the back of any resistance to their rule. However, whereas it might not be surprising that there is a lack of resistance inside Turkey, the lack of opposition outside tto the wholesale cleansing that is taking place is quite shocking.