The Human Rights Monument, which is encircled by riot police with a fence for more than three weeks to prevent protesters to stage any kind of demonstrations in front of it, is seen in central Ankara, Turkey, June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Turkish authorities on Saturday freed the top advisor to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim detained on suspicion of links to the movement of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed for last year's failed coup, state media reported.Erdem, who was questioned for three days, had been accused of seeking to violate the constitution and being a leader of "an armed terror group".President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to wipe out Gulen's influence in Turkey after the failed July 15 coup seeking to oust him from power. Gulen denies any involvement in the coup.
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