Turkish president tells crowd of thousands that Turkey will ‘cut the heads off’ traitors, one year after soldiers attempted to overthrow government

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reiterated his support for reinstating the death penalty in Turkey in an emotive and combative speech before tens of thousands of people gathered in Istanbul to mark the anniversary of last year’s attempted coup.

On Saturday a sea of marchers flocked to the Bosphorus bridge where 36 people were killed by coup soldiers exactly one year ago.

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