Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey: “We won’t leave the squares empty”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed citizens, who gathered in front of his residence in Istanbul’s Kısıklı neighbourhood to protest the coup attempt of some soldiers linked to the FETÖ/PDY (Fethullahist Terror Organization/Parallel State Structure).
“WE LAID OUR 9 MARTYRS TO REST TODAY”
Commencing his address by saluting the citizens wholeheartedly, President Erdoğan said “we laid our 9 martyrs to rest today” and wished Allah’s mercy upon them.
“WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOIL THEIR PLANS”
Pointing out that funerals were held today all across the country for the martyrs, President Erdoğan stressed “we won’t leave the squares empty” and he continued: “My dear brothers and sisters, you have already given the necessary answer in the most proper way to the relevant people by taking to the streets since our call to do so. But we shouldn’t stop. We will continue to foil their plans. Because they are in a metastatic phase just like a cancerous virus. We will be alert and act in unity and solidarity. We will not let them usurp our country. They have now learned their first lesson.”
“WE CANNOT IGNORE YOUR DEMAND”
In response to citizens’ slogans of “we want death penalty,” President Erdoğan said: “As the government and state we hear this demand of yours at all squares. We cannot ignore your demand. What matters in democracies is what people say. We should know this. We will reach a decision on the issue after talks with the government, main opposition and opposition. We cannot delay this decision too much. Because those who stage a coup against the state in this country should pay the price for it.”
“WE WILL SEE OUR FRIENDS’ ATTITUDE”
Emphasising that necessary documents and written messages will be sent to the U.S. and western countries, President Erdoğan stated: “We will request the repatriation of the Fethullahist terror organization’s leader from the U.S. and will see our friends’ attitude. Fethullahist terror organization has been included in the National Security Policy Document by name. Each of the court decisions is an evidence. This coup is the most important evidence. We will send these evidences to them and request the repatriation. We will request the repatriation from western countries, too. We will see what they will do. We will see whether they will repatriate him or not.”
“THEY WANTED TO ESCAPE TO GREECE”
Noting that the Fethullahist terror organization strafed the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) and the Presidential Complex, President Erdoğan, in reference to the eight crews in the helicopter that fled to Greece following the failed coup attempt, said: “They wanted to escape to Greece by a helicopter. Right after that, I had a phone talk with Mr. Tsipras. He said they would immediately hand over the helicopter. He also said they would hand over the 8 people in the helicopter within 15-20 days. They have nowhere to escape. We will see who is sincere and who is not.”