Turkey’s President Erdoğan, PM Yıldırım vow to annihilate followers of Gülen movement

Turkey's autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım have vowed on Wednesday evening to annihilate every each member of the Gülen movement during their speeches at two seperate iftar dinners that they attended in.

Stating that he has followed all the court cases step by step, day by day in Turkey through his advisors, President Erdoğan told his audiences that “If some of them complete their term of prison sentences and will be released, our nation will give their punishments wherever they see them.”

President Erdoğan gave a speech during an iftar dinner for the domestic security officals on Wednesday. He has stated in a speech he have during the iftar dinner that “None of these bloody-handed murderers will be able to save themselves from the bitter end awaiting them. I say obviosuly that the immoralities that they have done in the courts will bring no benefit for them while they continue to decay in prisons.”

Erdoğan has contiuned to say that “If some of them complete their term of prison sentences and will be released, our nation will give their punishments wherever they see them. The nation will spit their face and they will get drowned in the people’s saliva. Our struggle will continue until the last FETO (a derogatory acronym used by Erdoğan as reference to the alleged members of the Gülen movement) member to pay the price for his/her treason.”

Also on Wednesday evening, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Erdoğan has vowed to annihilate the alleged followers of the Gülen movement.

PM Yıldırım has attended an iftar dinner, which was given for the representatives of the Turkish non-governmental organizations and has stated that “Our struggle against FETÖ terror organization, which has trained its militants as traitors by robotizing them, is going on. There will be no rest, no pause for a minute, for a second for us until the total annihilation of these bloodsuckers who permeate into the state.”

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, 26 people were detained in Afyonkarahisar province in the framework of the government’s post-coup witch hunt targeting the alleged members of the Gülen Movement over their alleged use of smartphone application ByLock. It was reported that Afyonkarahisar Chief Prosecutor Office has issued detention warrants for 32 people. Police has detained 26 of them on Wednesday.

Also in Aydın province, 1o teachers were detained by police forces over alleged membership to Gülen movement over their alleged use of ByLock, a controversial mobile application that the government claim to be the top communication tool among the members of the Gülen movement.

Aydın Chief Prosecutor Office has reportedly issued detention warrants for 22 people. Police has conducted simultaneous operations to the houses of these people in Aydın, İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Kırıkkale and Balıkesir provinces. During these operations 10 teachers, who were already dismissed from their professions by government decrees under the rule of emergency declared in wake of a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, were detained.

Moreover, the number of people who were detained with the accusation of being “imams” of military officers has increased to 37 in Konya province on Wednesday. It was reported that 9 of these people were released after their testimonies at prosecutor office and 19 of them were released by the courts over their demand to benefit from active remorse policy by making confessions. However, 9 people were arrested by a Konya court and sent to prison. Detention warrants were issued for 115 people on May 24 in a Konya-based investigation and 30 of these people have been detained by the police.

Also in Wednesday, a Niğde court has decided to give 3 years and 1,5 months of prison sentences to 2 lawyers over their alleged ties with the Gülen movement. The names of the lawyers, who were penalized by Niğde’s 2nd Heavy Penal Court, were mentioned as Okan Y. and Yasin Ü.

A military coup attempt on July 15 killed over 240 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with Turkey’s autocratic President Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, 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 report by the state-run Anadolu news agency on May 28, 154,694 individuals have been detained and 50,136 have been jailed due to alleged Gülen links since the failed coup attempt.

June 8, 2017

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