Austria summons Turkish ambassador over failed coup, pro-Erdogan protests

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shout slogans and hold flags during a demonstration against the July 15 failed coup attempt, at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, seen on July 20.
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shout slogans and hold flags during a demonstration against the July 15 failed coup attempt, at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, seen on July 20.PHOTO: EPA

VIENNA (REUTERS) - Austria has summoned Turkey's ambassador to explain developments in Turkey after a failed coup attempt triggered a crackdown there and its links to demonstrations in Austria in support of Turkey's president, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday (July 21).

He told ORF radio in an interview that Austria would ask the ambassador whether Turkish officials encouraged thousands of people in Austria to take to the streets over recent days to support Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan.