US claims that it was unaware of Turkey coup ‘disturbing’

Washington’s claims that it was not behind the coup in Turkey and supports democracy in the country are “disturbing on multiple grounds,” says an American professor emeritus from the University of Minnesota.

Jemes Henry Fetzer was commenting Saturday on remarks by President Barack Obama at a joint press conference at the White House with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday.

“Any reports that we had any previous knowledge of a coup attempt, that there was any US involvement in it, that we were anything other than entirely supportive of Turkish democracy, are completely false,” Obama said.

In a phone interview with Press TV, Fetzer rejected the idea that there is real democracy in Turkey and that it is represented by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “bizarre.”

“This is not a democratic government,” he said, outlining the measures the president has taken to crack down on those behind the attempted coup on July 15.

“The very idea…

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