Turkey’s failed military coup on Friday has caused concern with friends and family here in Los Angeles who have ties to the country.
With more than 8,000 government officials removed from office and 6,000 people detained, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has taken big action against his opponents. He is also reportedly contemplating the death penalty for detainees, which could potentially sever ties with Turkey and the European Union.
Turkey’s prime suspect for inciting the coup is Fethullah Gulen, an exiled cleric living in Pennsylvania. There are no plans currently to extradite Gulen.
So how has all of this impacted L.A.’s Turkish community? Worries about friends and family in that country, as well as Turkey’s political landscape have been at the forefront of many people’s minds.
What are your thoughts on the coup? If you have friends and family in Turkey, what is your biggest concern and how has it affected your community?
Aaron David Miller, Vice President and distinguished fellow for the Middle East program at the Wilson Center and former advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations, 1978-2003; author of "The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President"