Mass culling of the professional classes in Turkey is reminiscent of Hitler’s strategy to destroy opposition

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A shocking 60,000 people detained or suspended from their jobs.

A three-month state of emergency which empowers him and his government to issue new laws without having to consult parliament.

Since the botched coup against his Islamist regime last Friday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lost no time in ruthlessly cracking down on his enemies.

The terrifying scale of his response — and the way he has used it to boost his already autocratic powers — has given rise to suggestions that he might have faked the coup, in which 265 people died, to give him the excuse to grab more power.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pictured yesterday at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, has lost no time in ruthlessly cracking down on his enemies since the attempted coup against him last week

This is unlikely, not least because so many of his close friends were…

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