In July 2016, a coup attempt took place in Turkey, leaving over 240 people killed and some 2,000 injured. Responding to the failed coup, Ankara introduced a national state of emergency, facilitating waves of arrests across the country targeting military, officials, legal and educational workers, as well as journalists and human rights activists allegedly tied to the attempted takeover.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greet their supporters as they arrive for a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the attempted coup at the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 15, 2017 - Sputnik International
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