Embassy Announcement On Coup Attempt In Turkey
On the evening of July 15th, in various cities of Turkey, particularly in Ankara and Istanbul,a faction of the Turkish Armed Forces attempted to stage a coup.
In a short time, it was understood 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 Office of the Presidency and the National Parliament.
The command chain and vast majority of the Turkish Armed Forces stood up against the coup attempt, from the very beginning,. It was merely some elements of the Gendarmerie, Air Forces and armored units that joined the violent conspiracy. In order to foil the attempt, both the police and public prosecutors immediately took necessary measures.
Above all, it was nation of Turkey who thwarted the plot. As they took to the streets and remained defiant, they displayed a historic solidarity. 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 TRT, state television, and raiding private media outlets. Yet, the attempt of the plotters to control the media did not last long. It must be noted that in defeating the coup attempt the Turkish media also played a key role.
Throughout the process, all the political parties and Members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) and the people stood firmly by democracy, democratic politics, democratic institutions and the Constitution. On the 16th of July, a joint declaration in defense of democracy was issued during the extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly.
During the operations held against the terrorist group, more than six thousand have been detained so far and more than hundred coup plotters were captured dead. The operations continue.
Unfortunately, more than 190 of our citizens were left dead and there were more than 1400 wounded.
A group of 8 involved in the coup attempt fled to Greece on board of a helicopter that was stolen. Necessary steps have been taken for the return of the helicopter and the suspects.
The coup attempt was staged by the Fethullah Gülen Terorist Organisation (FETÖ). The Turkish Government has been consistently exposing the real motives of this terrorist group and its leader (Fethullah Gülen) to all partners and allies. The foiled coup is the latest criminal act that reveals the danger posed by FETÖ.
Our President, Prime Minister, Government, Turkish Grand National Assembly’s Members and Turkish people all together defeated this coup attempt and stood by democracy and the rule of law.
The terrorists will be punished in accordance with the law.
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