Monday, August 1, 2016

Fethullah Gulen on 'GPS'

What to make of the latest attempt by the military to unseat Erdogan in Turkey? Some point fingers at Fetullah Gulen, living a life of exile outside Philadelphia. Here is his own take on the matter.

The July 15 uprising claimed the lives of 270 people, including 24 accused in the plot. It also triggered a wave of arrests, detentions and dismissals of those suspected of any involvement.
Erdogan, in an earlier interview with CNN, vowed revenge for what he called "a clear crime of treason."
But Gulen has repeatedly denied government claims he has directed sympathizers to destabilize the Erdogan regime.
"Some people staged a scenario, then someone who is seemingly a fan, has led some people into this," he said.
"It looks more like a Hollywood movie than a military coup. It seems something like a staged scenario. It is understood from what is seen that they prepared the ground to realize what they have already planned."
In a statement earlier this month, Gulen suggested the coup attempt could have been staged.

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