Amid assassination concerns following the suspicious deaths of two people who allegedly fell from the balcony of their homes, a pro-Erdoğan Twitter troll named Ahmet Üstün (@ustunn_ahmet) on Friday called on the government to assassinate Gülen movement sympathizers in the country and abroad.
“You’re conducting domestic operations. They do not talk, anyway, they could have fallen from balconies or windows while trying to escape, etc… Should I have to teach you all of that?!!” Üstün, who has 15,000 followers, tweeted.
A 59-year-old Turkish writer, Mustafa Hikmet Kayapalı, died on Wednesday after falling from a three-storey building as he was reportedly attempting to escape from a police raid carried out as part of an investigation into the faith-based Gülen movement.
In a similar incident last week, Gültekin Payat, a 41-year-old teacher with an outstanding arrest warrant issued for him as part of another investigation into the Gülen movement, died after falling 10 meters from a balcony, as he was similarly attempting to escape from police officers.
“If you could execute three of members of FETÖ [a derogatory term used by government circles to refer to the Gülen movement] abroad, the others would be scared stiff. Guys, carry out one or two executions as a deterrent. This nation has its honor,” Üstün said.
“What do you gain when you beg the US and EU with boxes of files despite the fact that you know they won’t be extradited. Execution is cheaper and requires less effort. What a world you live in. Is there any person who could not be executed in exchange for money? Don’t you have money? This nation would provide the money, too… But not if you don’t have a brave heart…!!!” Üstün added.
In September Üstün called on the government to make plans for the massacre of all Gülen sympathizers who are currently behind bars.
“There should be no other inmates in the prisons where FETÖ members are jailed. Special execution teams should be deployed there. FETÖ and its jailed members should know that only the dead bodies of FETÖ members who make escape plans can be taken out of jail. The guns of prison guards should be taken away, FETÖ members including military members, police officers, prosecutors and judges should be collected in one or two prisons. PÖH [special police units] should operate with the authority to kill 24/7,“ wrote Üstün in a series of tweets.
According to a striking report released by Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) on March 22, 2017 with the title of “Suspicious Deaths And Suicides In Turkey” there has been an increase in the number of suicides and suspicious deaths in Turkey, most in Turkish jails and detention centers where a torture and ill-treatment is being practiced. In most of the 54 cases mentioned in the report, (which was later updated with the list of 64 cases on May 10) authorities concluded these as suicides without any effective, independent investigation. The suspicious death has also taken place beyond the prison walls amid psychological pressure and threats of imminent imprisonment and torture, sometimes following the release of suspects or just before the detention.
Turkey survived a failed military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed over 240 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement despite the lack of any evidence to that effect.
Although the Gülen movement strongly denies having any role in the putsch, the government accuses it of having masterminded the foiled coup. Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, called for an international investigation into the coup attempt, but 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 Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ on May 6, 149,833 people have been investigated and 48,636 have been jailed as part of an investigation targeting the Gülen movement since the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. (SCF with turkishminute.com) May 13, 2017