On the night of July 15, 2016, the “Fethullahist Terrorist Group” (FETO) launched a bloody coup try in opposition to the folks and the federal government of my nation. Their goal was to determine a radical, fundamentalist regime, loyal solely to their ringleader Fethullah Gülen.
As FETO-affiliated military items left their barracks to occupy key areas, such because the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, and fighter jets and assault helicopters bombed strategic targets together with the parliament, presidential compound, military and police headquarters; 1000’s of civilians took to the streets to cease this unprecedented heinous coup try. The plotters killed 251 harmless civilians and left 1000’s injured. On that night time the Turkish folks defended democracy with their lives. This heroic response was one thing the conspirators didn’t foresee.
To know what transpired, one has to grasp the true nature of FETO. FETO was established within the late Sixties as a so-called “non secular motion”. Within the guise of selling schooling and inter-religious dialogue, it managed to cowl its malign intentions.
The well-planned and widespread infiltration by FETO members and converts into the military, regulation enforcement, judiciary and quite a few authorities establishments, together with my ministry, was carried out for many years clandestinely for an overarching plan, of which the ultimate section was unleashed on July 15, 2016.
Had the coup try succeeded, there would have been a really completely different Türkiye at this time. Democracy wouldn’t have existed and elementary rights and freedoms would have been suspended indefinitely. The nation would have fallen into the fingers of an extremist authorities.
FETO not solely managed a good portion of academic establishments, but in addition owned quite a few monetary establishments. Their financial institution accounts have been fed by outstanding FETO members in trade and commerce, in addition to by officers and members of the general public. Many harmless civilians have been additionally lured into contributing to FETO’s funds as their piety was manipulated. The big revenue pushed from their colleges across the globe was channelled into these accounts clandestinely ready for his or her final transfer.
Following the bloody coup try of July 15, 2016, a resolute cleaning of the general public sector, together with authorities establishments and the navy, in addition to of the personal sector from all FETO-affiliated individuals and firms was initiated. Some outstanding conspirators have been apprehended. Others escaped justice and located refuge in overseas nations. The top of the FETO terrorist organisation, Fethullah Gülen, nonetheless resides in the US. Our authorities has been requesting the extradition of Gülen to Türkiye from the US in addition to that of FETO members from European nations for years. Sadly, these requests haven’t been fulfilled but.
Alternatively, elsewhere on this planet, an growing variety of governments perceive the hazard this terrorist organisation additionally poses to them and are taking the mandatory steps. FETO can be engaged in unlawful actions akin to visa fraud, cash laundering and arms trafficking. Consequently, FETO members are being cleared from private and non-private sectors in lots of nations. Many colleges affiliated with this terrorist organisation overseas have been transferred to the Turkish Maarif Basis after 2016. Right this moment, Maarif Faculties are functioning in lots of nations and are offering glorious schooling worldwide.
The character and scope of Türkiye’s battle in opposition to FETO aren’t any completely different from that exercised by different nations in opposition to organisations which had terrorised officers and civilians alike, and endangered democratic values, elementary rights and freedoms. Türkiye is doing what the respective nations of their battle in opposition to terrorism have completed up to now. All procedures are in compliance with the regulation.
Terrorism doesn’t have a nationality, ethnicity or faith. This menace threatens humanity as a complete. Subsequently, the response to this menace should be united and decided. No state has the posh to distinguish between terrorists and no terrorist organisation could be labeled as “helpful”, based on preferences. FETO is answerable for the lack of lots of of lives in addition to different grave crimes in opposition to the Turkish folks. Six years after July 15, 2016, Türkiye continues its resolute battle in opposition to FETO, simply because it continues its battle in opposition to different terrorist organisations such because the PKK, PYD-YPG, DHKP/C and Daesh (ISIL or ISIS).
We anticipate the worldwide group to face in solidarity with Türkiye within the battle in opposition to terrorism.
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