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In shadow of crackdown, Turkey commemorates failed coup
Hundreds of thousands of Turks rallied to mark the anniversary of last year's failed coup on Saturday, in an outpouring of mass support for President Tayyip Erdogan that lay bare the divisions of a society riven by widespread purges.

 

A sea of rapturous, flag-waving crowds gathered in Istanbul to listen as a defiant Erdogan promised to punish his enemies and praised the unarmed civilians who last year stood up to the rogue soldiers and their tanks.

 

"They showed no mercy when they pointed their guns at my people," Erdogan said. "What did my people have? They had their flags—just as they do today—and something much more important: They had their faith."