President signals offensive against media, dissidents, secularists and opposition MPs to go on and vows to ‘cut traitors’ heads off’

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, signalled on Sunday that his government would not relent in its crackdown against the alleged perpetrators of last year’s coup attempt, which has since been broadened to include dissidents, journalists and human rights activists, as the country entered its second year since the July 2016 moves to unseat him.

In a pair of combative and emotive speeches replete with religious invocations, the Turkish president pledged to support the reintroduction of the death penalty if it were approved in parliament, drawing a warning from the European Union over Turkey’s stalled membership talks.

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