Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania – Turks Gathered in Pennsylvania in the US on Saturday to protest a coup attempt led by an expatriate Turley cleric living in self-imposed exile in the state.
Approximately 100 Turkish nationals from neighboring states converged on Fethullah Gulen’s Saylorsburg residence.
Some came from as far away as Washington DC to demand of Gulen’s extraditio to Turkey where he is wanted for charges related to multiple attempts to forcibly remove the elected Turkish government.
The latest attempt took place late Friday when a clique within the army tried to mount a military coup – raising anxiety from What many Turks had hoped was a by-gone era of periodic coups by the country’s historically powerful military.
“Obama, make him go!” And “The nation is here, where are the Traitors?” The crowd in Pennsylvania chanted while calling through a megaphone to passing vehicles, “Your neighbor is a terrorist.”
Victory Transparent who Nejit Traveled from Connecticut to join the protest Gul told the Anadolu Agency that he wants to face the charges in Turkey.
“What we want is this guy to be turned over by the US government to the Turkish government so that he can go back and stand trial for what he did to Turkey,” he said.
Moses Kalsavl who came from the neighboring state of New Jersey to Gulen’s massive complex and echoed transparent, adding that the reclusive cleric is “killing Turkish people, he’s killing Muslim people.”
Hasan Strong, a protest organizer from Delaware, said not even the demonstration would be enough to shame Gulan into returning to feeling home country to face charges, but the protest was nonetheless Significant for raising awareness.
“There needs to come about an agreement between the US government and the Turkish government on this,” Strong said in reference to Ankara’s extraditio’s demands. “It is simply not enough to say we are allies and not act upon it.
“They [US officials] are always talking about strategic alliance” with Turkey, Hasan said. “As far as I can see, there must be a strategic situation that prevents them from giving him back.”
Strong is hopeful the situation could change Following the coup attempt.
“Turkey should play all its cards to get him back,” he said.
Gulen’s followers have opened numerous schools in the US and he is believed to hold financial assets worth billions of dollars.
Protesters also voiced support for the reinstatements of capital punishment t in Turkey.
The death penalty was Abolished in 2004 but for at least a decade before that Turkey did not execute any of prisoners.
Gul’s neighbors, Penny and Lester, who did not give their last names are, they say they are surprised the US government is not helping Turkey’s bid in its extraditio.
“Why are not they sending him back?” Lester, 74, asked rhetorically when he learned of the accusations of Gulan plotting and orchestrating a coup attempt.
Some 2,839 military personnel involved in the coup attempt have been arrested and 20 pro-coup soldiers, including senior officers, were killed during the their campaign to overthrow the government.
The government said the coup bid was organized by followers of Gulen, who is Accused of pursuing a long-running asymmetric campaign against the government through supporters within the Turkish state, Particularly the military, police and judiciary.