Statement On The Coup Attempt
On the evening of July 15th, a faction on the Turkish Armed Forces attempted to stage a coup in various cities of Turkey, particularly in Ankara and Istanbul.
It was understood in a short time that this was more than a treacherous plot: It was a terrorist campaign. The perpetrators shot at their own people, stabbed their commanders in the back and bombed the National Parliament and the Office of the Presidency.
From the very beginning, the command chain and vast majority of the Turkish Armed Forces stood against the coup attempt. It was merely some elements of the Air Forces, Gendarmerie and armored units that joined the violent conspiracy. Both the police and public prosecutors immediately took necessary measures to foil the attempt.
Above all, it was the Turkish
nation who thwarted the plot. They displayed a historic solidarity as they took
to the streets and remained defiant. They stood bravely in front of the tanks
and reclaimed their democratic rights.
The terrorists tried to broadcast
their message by taking over studios of the state TV (TRT) and raiding private
media outlets. Yet the plotter’s attempt to control the media did not last long.
It must be noted that the Turkish media also played a key role in defeating the
Throughout the process, all the
political parties and Members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and the
people stood firmly by democracy, democratic politics, democratic institutions
and the Constitution. A Joint Decleration in defence of democracy was issued during the extraordinary meeting
of the General Assembly on the 16th of
During the operations held
against the terrorist group, more than 6000 have been detained so far and moe
than 100 coup plotters were captured dead. The operations continue.
Unfortunately, more than 190 of
our citizens were left dead and more than 1400 wounded.
A group of eight involved in the
coup attempt fled to Greece on board of a helicopter that they stole. Necessary
steps have been taken for the return of the suspects and the helicopter.
This coup attempt was staged by
the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organisation (FETÖ). Our government has been
constantly exposing the real motives of this terrorist group and its leader,
Fethullah Gülen, to all allies and partners. The foiled coup is the latest
criminal act revealing the danger posed by FETÖ.
Our President, Prime Minister,
Government and Members of Turkish Grand National Assembly and the Turkish
people all together defeated this coup attempt and stood by democracy and rule
The terrorists will be punished
in accordance with the law.
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