The EU says there is ''no excuse'' for Turkey to abandon the rule of law after the failed coup, which led to thousands of arrests made in the armed forces and judiciary. Yiming Woo reports.
The European Union says it's concerned about how events are unfolding in Turkey after the failed military coup over the weekend. President Tayyip Erdogan's government has arrested thousands of members in the civil service and judiciary. EU Foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini: (SOUNDBITE) (English) EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF, FEDERICA MOGHERINI, SAYING: "The legitimate institutions need to be protected. We are the ones saying today rule of law has to be protected in the country, there is no excuse for any steps that takes the country away from that." Her fellow EU official, Johannes Hahn, said he had the impression that the government prepared lists, like those of judges, to be arrested even before the coup took place. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER IN CHARGE OF ENLARGEMENT, JOHANNES HAHN, SAYING: "I mean that (the fact that) the lists are available already after the event, indicates that this was prepared, that at certain moment it should be used." There are also concerns about how Erdogan is strengthening his position in the country. Many expect a heavy clampdown on dissent and are worried after Erdogan suggested bringing back the death penalty for those behind the plot. The Turkish government has accused U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the coup, but he's denied any connection with it.