‘Stop Gülen’ ad displayed in NYC by Erdogan’s lickspittles

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An advertisement against the Gülen movement and its spiritual leader – Fethullah Gulen- was put on display on digital billboards in New York City’s famous Times Square on Saturday by Erdogan’s lickspittles in the U.S. in response to ‘STOP ERDOGAN’ ad by the Turkish rights group Advocates of Silenced Turkey.

A billboard in New York City’s Times Square that reads “STOP ERDOGAN,” referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose rule has seen the imprisonment of tens of thousands on politically motivated charges, has drawn the ire of officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been targeting followers of the Gülen movement, a faith-based group inspired by Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, since the corruption investigations of December 17-25, 2013, which implicated then-Prime Minister Erdoğan, his family members and his inner circle.

Dismissing the investigations as a Gülenist coup and conspiracy against his government, Erdoğan designated the movement as a terrorist organization and began to target its members. He intensified the crackdown on the movement following a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that he accused Gülen of masterminding. Gülen and the movement strongly deny involvement in the abortive putsch or any terrorist activity.

Scores of Gülen movement followers were forced to flee Turkey to avoid a government crackdown following the coup attempt. Some had to take illegal and risky journeys in dinghies to Greece because their passports were revoked by the government.

According to a statement from Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on February 20, a total of 622,646 people have been the subject of investigation and 301,932 have been detained, while 96,000 others have been jailed due to alleged links to the Gülen movement since the failed coup. The minister said there are currently 25,467 people in Turkey’s prisons who were jailed on alleged links to the Gülen movement.

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