Erdogan Demands United States Deliver Reclusive Cleric Fethullah Gulen

From state controlled media:


President Erdogan to the United States, he called out: “this coup Does Surrender to Us anymore in Pennsylvania After she made”

(Gulen lives in Pennsylvania)

Erdogan started blaming the coup on Gulen, who operates a number of controversial charter schools in the US, within hours of it beginning.  Dylan Matthews of VOX explains:

In an address to the nation via web video stream, Erdoğan explained that the coup attempt came from “a faction in the military, the parallels,” which Turkey observers understood as a reference to followers of Fethullah Gülen, a moderate Sunni cleric whose movement claims millions of followers in Turkey and around the world. Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag repeated the accusations in a TV interview, claiming the coup plotters were tied to Gülen.

A Gülen-allied organization, the Alliance for Shared Values, has condemned the coup unequivocally and denied any involvement. And there is no evidence as of this writing that Gülen or any of his groups or followers were involved in the slightest. Gülen was formerly a close ally of Erdoğan’s government, but they had a massive falling out in late 2013. Since then, Gülen and his movement — now officially designated as a terrorist group in Turkey — have emerged as one of the government’s favorite targets. So it’s very possible that Erdoğan would target Gülen even if he played no role in the events.

Moreover, Erdogan moved fast – he seems to have had a list handy already – and purged 2745  judges. Such a move only gives more weight to observers who felt that Erdogan would use the coup to seize even more control.



About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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