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Erdogan vows harsh measures against 'traitors' during mass rally

"We want all the slain to be avenged," said Omar, whose friend was killed on the night of the coup attempt. "I wish we had death penalty in place, it should definitely be reinstated."

"We are more united than ever, that's what matters really," said Erol, another bridge march participant.

Just after midnight, early Sunday morning, all mosques across Turkey – estimated to number around 90,000 – simultaneously called out prayers in memory of the events on the night of the failed putsch, when preachers urged citizens to take to the streets.

Meanwhile, the United States issued a statement commending the "bravery" of the ordinary citizens who took to the streets on the night of the coup attempt, but also issued a veiled criticism of the situation in Turkey.

"Their actions continue to remind us that the preservation of democracy requires perseverance, tolerance, dissent, and safeguards for fundamental freedoms. Persistent curbs on those fundamental freedoms erode the foundations of democratic society," a statement from the US State Department read.

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