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Briefing on the government’s combat of the Gulen Movement

Briefing on the government’s combat of the Gulen Movement

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Since last July’s attempted coup d’etat the Turkish government’s attempts to bring to justice members of the Gulen Movement, identified as the perpetrators, and degrade their international network have had profound consequences for Turkey domestically and internationally.

  • Last July’s attempted coup d’état deeply shook Turkey, representing a threat to the very fundamentals of its democracy and state, the severity of which is hard to overstate.
  • The government has subsequently pursued the Gulen Movement, a religious organisation identified as the perpetrators, which had managed to infiltrate many branches of the state.
  • In its zeal to degrade this sprawling organisation, domestically and internationally, the government has encountered difficulties and criticism in both spheres.

Last July’s attempted coup d’état shook Turkey deeply. The putchist soldiers killed over two hundred people with tanks and guns, bombed parliament, bombed a police station, flew jets over the country’s largest cities, and nearly succeeded in assassinating the president, to name but a few of the most dramatic events of that fateful evening. From the moment soldiers forced a TV presenter at a station they took over to read out the declaration of an interim government, their intentions were beyond clear. The shock of that night is still strikingly fresh for Turkey and cannot be understated.

Since then, the government has been…

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11 May 2017

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