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Did Turkey take lessons from the July 15 coup attempt?

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I would sincerely reply to the question posed in the title in a positive manner. However, all we have been through since last year’s foiled coup attempt ais sufficient enough to prove the exact opposite.

As a whole, we have failed to re-establish unity and togetherness, which we could’ve by rebuilding trust and instilling the notion of co-existence in the country where we endeavored to save our democracy from the hands of bloodyhanded coup plotters loyal to the self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen.

The coup attempt on July 15 last year was one of the hardest challenges Turkey ever faced in its history, and it was thwarted thanks to the thousands of people who hit the streets to stand against armed high-ranking generals and soldiers.

The parliament with all four political parties stood resilient against aerial bombings while the Turkish media helped the government repress the coup attempt.

A massive, but rare, rally held in Istanbul’s Yenikapı district on Aug. 9 made President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and all political parties come together to condemn the coup attempt, hail the people’s resistance and thank media outlets. However, this spirit failed to be a lasting one due to a widened range of purges.........

© Hürriyet Daily News