x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Turkish general calls for calm

Turkish general calls for calm after police make 21 arrests, during investigation of an anti-government group.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media yesterday, after Turkish police detained 21 people during raids against an alleged network of  nationalists accused of plotting to topple the government,
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media yesterday, after Turkish police detained 21 people during raids against an alleged network of nationalists accused of plotting to topple the government,

A senior Turkish general called for calm today, after two prominent retired generals were detained in a widening police investigation into a suspected plot against the government. "Turkey is passing through difficult days. We all have to be acting with more common sense, more carefully and more responsibly," said the commander of land forces, General Ilker Basbug, who is the second most powerful general in the Turkish military.

Police detained 21 people on Tuesday as part of an investigation into Ergenekon, an ultra-nationalist and secularist group consisting of former military officers, lawyers, and journalists, suspected of planning bombings and assassinations calculated to trigger an army takeover. Reuters*