Turkish PM slams 'revengeful acts' against coup plotters
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim criticized the acts of violence committed against the military personnel involved in Friday's failed coup attempt.
Yildirim's remarks came Tuesday at a joint news conference following a meeting with Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chairman of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, CHP, in Ankara.
"Turkey is a state of law. Everything will be made right within law, and wrongdoers [putschists] will be surrendered to justice.
"Nobody can resort to physical violence, and seek revenge. This is totally unacceptable in a state of law,” Yildirim said, adding that such "agitators” should be "responded to in the necessary manner.”
The premier went on to say that the "necessary intervention” was being made regarding the videos of such acts circulating on social media, and all unlawful acts would be responded to in the harshest manner.
"Today is the day we need to boost unity and brotherhood,” he said.
Kilicdaroglu said he shared Yildirim's concerns about such acts.
"I especially made it clear that the acts of violence committed only against the privates and petty officers – who were just following orders -- were not justified and must be investigated.
"It is our duty to release the tension in the society,” the opposition party leader said.
The meeting at the Cankaya Palace, which was held upon Kilicdaroglu’s request over a phone call Monday, lasted about 50 minutes.
Yildirim is later scheduled to meet with the Nationalist Movement Party chairman Devlet Bahceli.
The deadly coup attempt occurred late on Friday when rogue elements of the Turkish military tried to overthrow the country's democratically elected government.
At least 208 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were martyred in Istanbul and Ankara and nearly 1,500 others wounded as they protested against the coup.
The government has said the attempted coup was organized by followers of U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through supporters within the Turkish state, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming the so-called parallel state.
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