Erdogan Accuses Top U.S. General of Siding With Coup Plotters

  • ‘One should be ashamed,’ Erdogan says at police headquarters
  • U.S. general called Erdogan’s crackdown ‘very, very’ troubling

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the head of U.S. Central Command of “siding with coup plotters” after General Joseph Votel complained about American contacts being swept up in the NATO member’s post-putsch crackdown.

“One should be ashamed,” Erdogan said in a televised speech outside the headquarters of the police’s special forces in Ankara, where 50 officers were killed by a rogue group of officers that carried out the July 15-16 uprising.

Erdogan didn’t mention Votel by name, but it was clear who he was railing against. Votel said at a forum in Colorado that Erdogan’s widening campaign to stamp out dissent is “something to be very, very concerned about.”

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