EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Turkish Ambassador to The Gambia has described July 15, 2016 as a trial of strength and perseverance for the Turkish democracy and the state; a day when the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), staged a coup attempt on the country’s presidency.
Ismail Sefa Yuceer said the day makes the Turkish prople proud to have passed the test, saying all the political parties, both in the government and in opposition, the uninfected elements of the Armed Forces, the Police Force and the media stood up against the putschists. “Above all, it was the people of Turkey from all backgrounds and political views who resisted and displayed a historic example of solidarity as they stood selflessly in front of the tanks and reclaimed their democratic rights.”
Delivering a statement on the occasion of the commemoration of the second anniversary of the July 15th, 2016 Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) coup attempt in Turkey at the country’s Banjul embassy earlier today, Ambassador Yuceer said the bloody attempt was thwarted by the bravery and sacrifice of the Turkish people. “As the painful memories of the fateful night are still fresh on the minds of the Turkish people, the putschists mercilessly used lethal military hardware against innocent civilians, who took to the streets to defend their democratic institutions, claiming the lives of 251 innocent Turkish citizens and wounding more than 2,500 people.”
He said conspicuously enough, even on the night of 15 July, it was obvious that Fetullah Gülen and his disciples were behind the bloody attempt. “His desire to take control of the Turkish State and to reinstitute the regime according to his perverted religious ethos was no secret in Turkey. For decades he directed his followers to infiltrate all critical state organs, such as the police, the judiciary and the armed forces.””
Ambassador Yuceer said these so-called “Gülenists” constitute a typical case of radicalization by a cult of personality and they believe that Gülen is the “Messiah” and that they are the “golden generation.”
He said their loyalty is to him only, making them violate any legal, religious or ethical codes in order to advance the interests of this group. They also excelled in concealing their affiliation with him, so that they can penetrate all circles without raising suspicion. In other words, FETO (Fetullah Gülen Terrorist Organization) is a new generation terrorist organization that is based on hypocrisy, concealment and secrecy.
He said the Turkish government in parallel with its fight with FETO as well as all sorts of terrorism at home is committed to further strengthen the bases of democracy in Turkey, because they know that is the only way to counter terrorism in all forms and manifestations. “We are determined to fight such enemies of democracy through democracy. Hence, the Turkish people and the government, having paid a dear price for the sublime values of democracy, now legitimately expect the cooperation of the international community and our allies with regard to the extradition of the FETO criminals.”
Ambassador Yucess said now two years after the ominous night, the Turkish peoples’ determination to defend their democracy, the values of human rights and rule of law remains intact, saying the government and the Turkish people would continue to keep a firm and dedicated stance with regard to their journey of democracy. “Furthermore, in view of the heroic resistance of the Turkish people to the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation, 15th of July has been declared by the government as Democracy and National Unity Day in the country. As we have concretely proven in our last presidential election last month on 24 June, with an almost 88% turnout, the virtues of democracy are inalienable and the most sublime in the eyes of the Turkish people. We believe that this is the surest way to effectively counter all sorts of terrorism.”