Repression at the hand of the Turkish government after the failed military coup of 15 July continues. Today, Turkish police has conducted dozens of raids in the offices of different companies in Istanbul, the main city in the country, in search of suspected supporters and funders of the tycoon Fethullah Gülen, the imam who is in self-exiled in the United States. The Turkish authorities consider the latter to be the director and instigator of the coup.
According to the local agency Anadolu, the police raided the offices of 44 companies in the Uskudar and Umraniye districts, in the Asian side of the ancient Constantinople. The names of the companies have not been disclosed yet, but 120 arrest warrants have been issued. Yet another purge – in the name of national security – launched at the behest of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the aftermath of the attempt made by the armed forces to “dethrone” him. Over 35 thousand people were arrested in a month; 11,600 of them have been released.
“This organization has ramifications in the world of business – Erdogan has motivated today’s operation -. Perhaps this is where they have more power. Because it is a rule: there is no successful project without funding”. “We are determined to cut off all business ties with this organization, which has blood on its hands – he attacks -. Gülen lives in self-exile in Pennsylvania despite the fact that the Turkish judiciary issued several arrest warrants against him”.
On 4 August last year, the court in Istanbul had issued an arrest warrant against Gulen on charges of having “ordered the coup attempt of 15 July”. The accused tycoon, in his turn, has always denied his involvement in the coup. From exile, he claims he does not have anything to do with the alleged plots to overthrow the government. Ankara has been asking US government for a long time to extradite the imam, but the latter refuses to do so, calling for evidence of his guilt before taking any legal action.