Turks Protest Against Parallel State/Gulenist Terrorist Organization in Boston


People hold Turkish national flags and banners during a protest against Parallel State/Gulenist Terrorist Organization’s failed military coup attempt in Boston, Massachusetts on July 24, 2016.

Parallel State is a terrorist organization leaded by U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through infiltrating into Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming a ‘parallel state’.

Nearly 1,000 protesters on Sunday gathered in Boston, Massachusetts, to demonstrate against a recent deadly coup attempt in Turkey.

Protesters gathered in Boston Common park to demand the U.S. extradite U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of masterminding and leading the attempted overthrow of its democratically elected government.

The Turkish government recently submitted an official extradition request to the U.S.

The crowds of U.S. residents of Turkish origin from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as Azeri nationals, Ahiska Turks, and Muslims from around the globe shouted chants and carried banners in Turkish and English that said, “We Stand with Turkey”, “Obama, Extradite Gulen”, and “FETO, Enough with Your Treason against the Nation”, in reference to the terrorist group led by Gulen that mounted the coup attempt through rogue elements within the military.

Consul-General Omur Budak of Turkey’s Boston consulate said he was “proud” of the “unprecedented crowd” in Boston.

“United with our friends here from all walks of life, we show our support for democracy, as well as our government and our democratic institutions,” Budak said.

The coup attempt caused 246 people to be martyred, injuries to 2,100 others and has resulted in the detention of more than 11,000 suspects in the past 10 days.

Similar demonstrations against the attempted overthrow have been held outside of the White House, Times Square in New York, the state of Ohio and in front of Gulen’s massive compound in Pennsylvania.