Turkish president urged to show restraint after failed coup

Turkey's president has been urged to show restraint after he launched a swift and ruthless response to Friday's failed coup.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been accused over the years of acting increasing like a dictator, is feared to be using the botched coup to further cement his power and bring back the death penalty.

Some 6,000 people, including high-ranking generals and judges, have been detained, while 8,000 police officers have been removed from their roles.

"We will continue to cleanse the virus from all state institutions, because this virus has spread - unfortunately like a cancer this virus has enveloped the state," a sobbing Erdogan told mourners at a funeral for some of the 294 victims of the coup.

He also reiterated his claim that US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind the plot and called on the White House to extradite him.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Turkey must provide evidence that withstands scrutiny before it considers the extradition request.

Kerry told a news conference in Brussels that Erdogan should not go too far in restoring order after the failed coup.

EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said the Turkish president must respect democracy and rule of law.

Thousands have taken to the streets to show support for the government. Credit: Reuters
John Kerry and Federica Mogherini speaking in Brussels. Credit: Reuters

Boris Johnson, the new UK foreign secretary, urged Erdogan and his government to show "restraint".

Tanks rolled through the streets of major Turkish cities, while jets tore across the skies when a faction of the military rose up against Erdogan.

Thousands of people were left injured by explosions and running gun battles between loyal forces and the rebel group.

The uprising failed when civilians flooded the streets in defence of the government, and state forces managed to regain control.

The Foreign Office has warned British travellers that the situation remains "volatile".

It advised British tourists to avoid public places, especially demonstrations, in Ankara and Istanbul, and to follow the advice of authorities.

Security is tight across Turkey. Credit: Reuters