Erdogan pledges "cleansing" will continue in Turkey

In a defiant speech at the funerals of people killed during the coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledges that the "cleansing" of state institutions will continue, vowing not to let up in the fight.

Speaking to a crowd in Istanbul at a mosque, Erdogan says there was a "cancer" that needed to be eradicated, while repeatedly slamming his rival, Fethullah Gulen, a US based preacher who he blames for the coup, though the cleric denies all charges.

"They have nowhere to flee," Erdogan says, also urging his supporters to continue to occupy public places and take to the streets in the days ahead.

The crowd often interjects, shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) and demanding the death penalty for the coup plotters. Erdogan says that the people's demands cannot be ignored and discussions will take place.

Last update: Sun, 17/07/2016 - 15:38

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