Speaking in Istanbul, Erdogan warned of groups that are using terrorists as “manipulation.”
He cited followers of exiled cleric and former ally Fetullah Gulen. Erdogan has claimed Gulen was behind the coup attempt, a charge that Gulen denies. Gulen is the leader of a popular movement called Hizmet, but the Turkish government refers to his group as the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization, known as FETO.
The government has said that the Gulen group “is behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary,” according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.
“How dare you can attack this motherland? There will be those days that you will account for what you have done,” Erdogan said in Ankara. “Hey FETO, is there anywhere you can safely go? Is there anything you haven’t done to damage this nation. Is there any door left that you haven’t knocked at?
“You have been allocated some land in Pennsylvania to use, now you are governing these places from there. Those who made calculations for a coup d’etat completely forgot that you cannot make calculations before God and they have hit the wall of the national will as a result,” Erdogan said, referring to where Gulen now lives in the United States.
Erdogan also mentioned the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a designated terror group in Turkey, the US and Europe. Known by its acronym the PKK, it has been engaged in a 30-year conflict with the Turkish government. He also cited Daesh, another name for ISIS, which Turkey also views as a foe.
“We know very well that FETO is not just FETO. PKK is not just PKK. Daesh is not just Daesh on itself. These terrorist organizations and other are not only comprised of what you can see when you look at them, we know this very well,” Erdogan said.
The President said many enemies were “waiting at bay ready to attack.”
“We are not uttering their names but we know all about them. We know who they are,” he said. “You will not be able to succeed. You will not be able to divide our nation. You will not be able to bring our flag down.”
The attempted coup took place July 15, 2016, undertaken by a faction of the military Tanks rolled into the streets of Turkey’s two largest cities, Ankara and Instanbul.
Soldiers blocked the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul — now renamed the July 15th Martyrs Bridge in honor of people on the bridge who confronted the coup-plotters.
Bombs struck the parliament building in the capital Ankara, and a helicopter stolen by rogue pilots was shot down by an F-16 jet.
Erdogan was hundreds of miles away at a seaside resort when the coup got going. By the time he emerged to address the nation via FaceTime hours later, it had already begun to abate.
About 250 people died standing up to the soldiers who took part in the uprising.
Coup plotters were rounded up the next day. In the ongoing days and week, Erdogan and his government have clamped down on civil liberties across the country, gutted public institutions and universities, heavily restricted the media and ordered mass arrests of activists, journalists and the political opposition.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party, recently led a long trek through Turkey, about 250 miles over three-and-a-half weeks, to demand that the government loosen its stranglehold on the country’s democracy.
Called the “March for Justice” Kilicdaroglu was joined by throngs of disaffected citizens — many angry with Erdogan — in the walk from the capital, Ankara, to Istanbul. Kilicdaroglu kicked off the march after the imprisonment of one of his party’s parliament members.
In his Saturday address, Erdogan slammed Kilicdaroglu for repeatedly claiming that the government knew about the coup attempt in advance but it failed to stop it and called those remarks disrespectful and insulting.
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