The failed coup is serving as an excuse for a massive round-up of members of the judiciary and army officers, far greater than anything seen in Turkey for years, and is presumably a bid to secure Erdogan’s grip on the Turkish state. So numerous are those detained that a sports stadium is being used to hold some of them, a development that has ominous similarities with mass arrests in South American coups in the last century. Some 140 out of 387 judges in the Court of Appeal have been detained along with 48 out of 156 from the Council of State.
Chile is the one that sprang to mind even before I scrolled down a notch to see the "South American coups" reference; the Pinochet regime turned their main soccer stadium until an ad-hoc prison for leftists the regime wanted out of the way.
Instapundit noted a Ergodan quote from when he was Istanbul mayor-"‘Democracy is like a streetcar. When you come to your stop, you get off." In that context, it's merely a vehicle to get you to power, which can be disposed once you're in charge.
The history of Africa comes to mind, where the common pattern in the post-colonial era was "one man, one vote, one time." The initial election after the Europeans were shown the door had the leader of the independence movement elected, then the Big Man stayed in power until he left feet-first. Mugabe in Zimbabwe would be the most aggregious current version; due to Zimbabwe getting a late start at full democracy, Mugabe is still alive and kicking four decades into "majority rule."
Germany also comes to mind, but the African Big Man model seems to be a fair fit for Erdogan than a Reductio ad Hitlerum meme. Either way, the bus of democracy gets ditched once you're in power.