ANKARA, TURKEY — After imprisoning active members of his army for fear of a “coup,” Turkish President Erdogan jailed retired generals who criticized him last week .
But he didn’t stop there. President Erdogan was reportedly seen this morning with workers in a military cemetery, giving orders to also exhume the soldiers buried there.
“You can never be too careful,” he said amid the noise of the excavators. “I must protect my people from threats to their freedom. The survival of the state is at stake. And I’m the state.”
Faced with the concerns, the president wished to reassure: no freedoms are under threat. “Men and women, young and old … all are free, absolutely free, to obey me on everything I decide”.
At publishing time, European leaders reportedly welcomed “the initiative and the efforts made by Turkey”.