I support death penalty for coup plotters: Turkey’s president Erdogan tells supporters at the million-strong unity rally
“If the nation makes such a decision [in support of death penalty], I believe political parties will abide by this decision,” he said in a rally at the Yenikapi square in the city’s Sultanahmet district in Istanbul on Sunday.
“It is the Turkish parliament that will decide on this [death penalty] given the sovereignty rests with the nation…I declare it in advance, I will approve the decision made by the parliament,” Erdogan said.
“They say there is no death penalty in the EU… Well, the US has it, Japan has it, China has it, most of the world has it. So they are allowed to have it. We used to have it until 1984. Sovereignty belongs to the people, so if the people make this decision I am sure the political parties will comply.”
“As a state and as a nation we need to analyze the July 15 coup attempt very well. We need to evaluate well not just those who engaged in this treachery, but the powers behind them, the motives that made them take action,” Erdogan told the crowd, whose number the Turkish media estimated to be millions.