Turkey: Huge march challenges Erdogan

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If prosecutors decide to launch an investigation, Erdogan could risk an arrest warrant in Sweden, the lawmakers said.

At a news conference, he also said 10 leading human rights activists arrested at a workshop were plotting a repeat of last year's failed coup attempt.

Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who was accused of instigating the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan past year, said that he does not plan on leaving the U.S.to avoid extradition and that he is willing to be sent back to Turkey if Washington requests it.

In January, secret European Union intelligence reports claimed Erdogan planned to purge opposition elements from government institutions even before the coup.

Swedish MPs have filed a legal complaint against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

He also denied that Turkey had jailed 150 journalists, saying only two people with press cards were in prison. Turkish media reported that Erdogan did not watch that film. This announcement of them was aired in the Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) in Ankara.

Turkish Air Force jets bombarded the parliament building in Ankara, and several commanders loyal to Erdogan were killed or abducted.

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The constitutional referendum was held in Turkey April 16.

Erdogan has directly appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump regarding Gulen's extradition to Turkey, but U.S. officials have stated that Turkey has yet to provide enough evidence for the Justice Department to act.

But the rebels made a schoolboy mistake - they failed to seize the head of state.

Saturday's events begin with a special session of parliament, after which Erdogan will take part in a people's march on the bridge over Bosphorus that saw bloody fighting on the night of the coup, since renamed Bridge of the Martyrs of July 15.

Ravza Kavakci, deputy chair of President Erdogan's AK Party, said the events would be about more than mourning the dead. They can do what they want to the public.

The rally, protesting the post-coup crackdown, called for an end to the State of Emergency that was declared shortly after the attempted coup, that has allowed the Turkish government to rule by decree, without having to consult parliament.

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