European Union wastes Turkey's time, Erdogan tells the BBC

European Union wastes Turkey's time, Erdogan tells the BBC

European Union wastes Turkey's time, Erdogan tells the BBC

Most Turks no longer want to join the European Union and will be "comforted" if they are denied membership, President Erdogan has claimed. Mr Erdogan told the BBC.

Erdogan said the claims his country persecuted journalists were lies, despite the fact that hundreds of press passes had been removed in the past year.

He said Turkey was "able to stand on its own two feet".

More than 50,000 people are in jail on allegations of having links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based preacher the government blames for the coup.

Mr. Erdogan's critics say the president didn't win fairly. "We are fed up with this", Erdogan said.

The crackdown has extended from Gulenists to other opponents of the government, including Kurdish activists, human rights groups and journalists.

Many originally welcomed Mr. Erdogan's harsh measures to quash the coup and rid the country of supporters of Mr. Gulen, who has steadfastly denied charges that he and his followers orchestrated the failed putsch.

"If (Erdogan) is hindered from roaming around in Europe and influencing European countries the way he wants, then I hope that this will affect his politics", AFP quoted him as saying. No one is jailed because of journalism here. At least 260 people died when rogue soldiers bombed government buildings and drove tanks into civilians, the report said. "I don't know any other power which is stronger than public's power... and it's not possible to accept military government", he said.

Over the a year ago, more than 50,000 people have been arrested for alleged involvement in the insurgency and more than 100,000 others have been fired from civil service jobs.

Gulen, however, has insisted that he has never supported a coup or any attempts to oust Erdogan. "This is not acceptable", Erdogan said.

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