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Kenan Evren, Leader of Turkey's 1980 military Coup and Former President, Dies

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General Kenan Evren in 1977. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images
Kenan Evren, the general who led Turkey's 1980 military coup that ended years of street clashes between rival left- and right-wing militias but also unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings, died on Saturday. He was 97. Evren, who later ruled as president for seven years, died at Ankara?s GATA military hospital, the state-run Anadolu agency reported, hours after he was placed on a respirator because of multiple organ failure and his family and lawyers were called to his side.
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