Date posted: April 5, 2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has been waging a relentless war against followers of the faith-based Gülen movement in Turkey for the past several years, has said Gülen movement sympathizers in the country will not enjoy the right to life.
Speaking at a rally in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak on Tuesday, Erdoğan said: “We are purging every Gülenist in the army, in the police and in state institutions. And we will continue cleansing [these organizations of] them because we will eradicate this cancer from the body of this country and the state. They will not enjoy the right to life. They divided this nation, this Ummah [Islamic nation]. Our fight against them will continue until the end. We won’t leave them wounded.”
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 which killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement despite the lack of any evidence to that effect.
The Gülen movement strongly denies having any role in the putsch.
President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
According to a statement from Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on April 2, a total of 113,260 people have been detained as part of investigations into the Gülen movement since the July 15 coup attempt while 47,155 were put into pre-trial detention.
The AKP government and Erdoğan launched their war against the Gülen movement in late 2013 in the aftermath of the eruption of a corruption scandal in which Erdoğan’s close circle was implicated.
Erdoğan also accuses the movement of masterminding the corruption investigations to topple his government while the movement strongly denies the charge.
* Original title of the news has been changed by HN
Source: Turkish Minute , April 5, 2017