Hugh Pope -- Turkey's post-coup funk reaches far and wide
Visitor numbers to Sagalassos, an ancient Greco-Roman site, have dropped sharply in the wake of the Turkish coup attempt while the archaeological team has suspended its excavation work. (Photo: Hugh Pope).
Turkey's rulers say the world does not understand how much the attempted coup in mid-July traumatized the country. To judge by three weeks in the rural backwoods of the southern province of Antalya, they are not far wrong. But the distress is not just because of the shocking acts of the night of July 15, but also the aftermath.
At first glance, much looked normal around my part-time village home in the pine- and cedar-clad mountains of the Mediterranean coast. Roadbuilding continues. Provincial markets bustle with people and overflow with fresh produce. The country's politicians are even making a show of overcoming their partisan divides.
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