Thousands Sign White House Petition Over Extradition Of Gülen To Turkey
Thousands of people signed an online petition up to Sunday on the official White House website calling for the U.S. to stop providing safe haven to Fethullah Gülen and to extradite him to Turkey.
The petition began after a group within the military tried to mount a coup, raising anxiety and bringing memories of what many Turks had hoped was a bygone era of periodic coups by the country’s historically powerful military.
Approximately 160 people were killed by coup soldiers who blocked bridges and airports, attempted a media blackout and went as far as bombing Parliament and other key buildings, as well as people and law enforcement officials.
Gülen’s followers have opened numerous schools in the U.S. and he is believed to hold financial assets worth billions of dollars.