Contrary to the recent propaganda making round about the current situation in Turkey which has degenerated to total condemnation of Hizmet Movement also known as Gulen Movement, a movement inspired by Fethulah Gulen, a popular Turkish Muslim Cleric who have been self-exiled to United States of America for years, as the main mastermind of the terrorists attack in Turkey. A fresh statement has just been released by Ufuk Dialogue on these current developments in Turkey to clear the air and correct several misconceptions and propaganda that may be emanating from the President Erdogan to taint the image of Hizmet Movement.
Read the Statement below:
We, Ufuk dialogue, strongly condemn the attempted military coup that occurred in Turkey, on Friday the 15th of July and reiterate that there is no place for military interventions in democracy.
The attempted military coup to overthrow the Turkish government was an act of military aggression and injustice.
We have always supported the development of Turkey’s democracy despite the increasing anti-democratic practices in recent years.
Ufuk promotes Hizmet Movement ( Gulen Movement ) philosophy which has advocated for, and demonstrated commitment to peace and democracy for more than 40 years. We have consistently denounced military interventions in domestic politics.
Democracy, rule of law , peaceful co existence, freedoms and human rights are the core values of Hizmet participants. Thua. Ufuk dialogue strongly condemns any attempt to overthrow an elected government by military coup.
Mr Fetullah Gulen, inspirer of Hizmet movement , has always advocated for democracy and insisted “there is no u-turn from democracy” at every stage of his life, “As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations.”
President Erdogan and his close circles blame on the Hizmet movement is very irresponsible and concerning.
We hope that turkey will overcome these difficult days and take this sad incident as an opportunity to strengthen its democracy.
Our hearts and prayers are with all Turkish citizens and for all those in Turkey. We also stand for a free and fair democratic system for all Turkish citizens.
President, UFUK DIALOGUE
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