Our nation took a historic stand

2016-07-19 - Recep Tayyip Erdogan




“THE ARMED COUP ATTEMPT ON JULY 15 WAS A TERROR ATTACK”

“For the last 3 years, Turkey has been faced with attempts of different forms that aimed to seize control of the state and government against national will,” President Erdoğan said and he added: “On July 15, these attempts turned into an armed coup attempt, demonstrating beyond any doubt that Turkey was faced with a terror attack of a different nature. This coup attempt, launched outside the chain of command of the Turkish Armed Forces by a group of soldiers from all corps and ranks linked to the Gulenist Terrorist Organization posed a limited but a great danger due to the weapons they had in their possession.”

“BLOOD-THIRSTY AND DESPICABLE ATTACKS”

“The Bosporus Bridge was blocked, war planes flew low over some cities, particularly Ankara and Istanbul, tanks were on the streets in some cities, which were the first signs of the coup attempt,” President Erdoğan said and he further stated: “This group took control of the HQ of the General Staff and Gendarmerie General Command. They carried out blood-thirsty and despicable attacks on strategic locations such as the compound of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), several buildings that belonged to the Police Force, the Presidential Complex and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. They bombarded the compound of the Police Special Forces in the Gölbaşı district of Ankara, killing 47 policemen. The terrorists dressed in uniforms by the tanks that blocked the Bosporus Bridge open fire upon civilians, killing many citizens. As a result of the bombardment and attacks on the vicinity of the General Staff HQ in Ankara and numerous other locations, hundreds of our citizens lost their lives or were wounded.”

“THE PARLIAMENT TOOK A STAND AGAINST THE COUP ATTEMPT”

“The General Directorate of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) was stormed by an armed group and they coerced the staff at gun point to air a statement, which was prepared, emulating previous coups,” President Erdoğan said, noting that a similar statement was unauthorizedly broadcast on the website of the General Staff. A media outlet in Istanbul was briefly occupied by a few soldiers. During the clashes in front of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, many citizens and municipality staff lost their lives. After the coup attempt began, Mr. Prime Minister informed the public via media around 11 p.m. and announced that the government was on duty. Members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, representatives from all parties took a stand against the coup attempt. While this session still continued, the parliament was bombarded by the group that attempted the coup by warplanes and helicopters.”

“WE DISPLAYED A DETERMINED STAND AGAINST COUP-PLOTTERS”

“In the face of these developments, we took action, gave instructions to relevant units and took necessary steps to stop the coup attempt,” the President said. “We called on everyone who loved their nation and country to take to the streets to defend our democracy and state. Right after that, we left for Istanbul despite all threats and dangers. We, along with our nation, displayed a determined stand against coup-plotters. Our nation defended their country and will in a determined manner, rendering coup-plotters’ weapons, tanks, helicopters, warplanes useless. I believed that the coup-plotters had their tanks and planes but our millions of citizens in the streets had their faith. Attempts of the members of that evil group who did not take their orders from their commanding officers and surrendered their will to the leader of the Gulenist Terrorist Organization instead of serving their nation and state failed against the national will and state’s resolve.”

“OUR NATION DEFENDED THEIR FUTURE AND WROTE HISTORY”

“Those, who did not even blink while firing upon people, thought the nation would be intimidated, leave their ground and return to their homes but our nation did not even take a single step back and leave the ground to coup-plotters. Our nation joined forces with the Police Force and elements of the Turkish Armed Forces that took action against the coup-plotters and took a historic stand against the coup attempt.”

“JULY 15 COUP ATTEMPT WILL NEVER BE ERASED FROM OUR MEMORY”

Stating that 208 people, among whom were police officers and citizens who had been working close to him, were martyred and nearly 1500 people were injured, 232 of them severely, during the incidents, President Erdoğan wished Allah’s mercy upon the martyrs and a speedy recovery to the injured. Underlining that no news has come from all around the country as to the presence of any citizen who would like to hit the streets in support of the coup plotters, President Erdoğan said: “In this regard, July 15 coup attempt will take its place in the glorious history of this nation as an important lesson the nation gave to coup supporters and it will never be erased from our memory.”

“CANCEROUS CELLS THAT HAVE SPREAD TO THE TURKISH ARMED FORCES WILL SWIFTLY BE CLEANED”

Stressing that the July 15 Coup Attempt was a treason against the Turkish Armed Forces as well as the entire nation, President Erdoğan continued as follows: “Members of this organization, who took hostage our Chief of General Staff, Force Commanders and a large number of officers and prevented them from executing their duties, are terrorists that cast a shadow upon the dignity and honour of their uniforms. That they wear uniforms doesn’t change the fact that these terrorists are actually members of a treason gang. Traitors could emerge from within our army just like the judges, prosecutors, security members, and other similar people from other institutions, who serve the same treason gang despite their uniforms and gowns. The Turkish Armed Forces and our troops are the apple of our eye. Cancerous cells that have spread to the Turkish Armed Forces will swiftly be cleaned. Actually the preparations for this clean-up had already been kicked off. Members of the terrorist organization, who assumed the works -- which have so far been carried out within the rule of law and with the utmost care not to victimize anyone -- to be a weakness, have disclosed themselves with this coup attempt and eased our work in a sense. The works that had already been underway particularly in the judiciary and security, have been accelerated upon this development. This terrorist organization, composed of many channels linked to the same center just like a spider web, is no longer in any position to hide and disguise or engage in any deception. Therefore, we don’t accept any initiative or accusation, resulting from the July 15 coup attempt, against our troops that would bring under suspicion or give harm to our troops.”

“THE NAME OF THIS ATTEMPT IS TREASON”

Emphasising that Turkish Armed Forces’ chain of command has proved its commitment to the democracy and rule of law by standing against this coup attempt, President Erdoğan continued: “Those, who, relying on the mostly baseless footages, work to legitimize the July 15 coup attempt and display the terrorists dressed in uniforms and powers behind them as victims, are purely and simply coup supporters. On July 15, Turkey came at a crossroads which doesn’t have any exception or any different explanation. On the one hand there is the attempt of the Gulenist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) members and their supporters to usurp our country, nation and future. On the other hand, there is the nation that defended their will, democracy, independence and future at the cost of their lives. Those who try to create a grey area between the coup attempters and the nation are deemed by default as terrorist organization members; because there isn’t any such ambiguous area. The name of this attempt is treason. Whatever the punishment is for treason all around the world, members of this terrorist organization will be subjected to the same punishment.”

“AN ARMED COUP ATTEMPT HAS BEEN THWARTED BY OUR NATION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY”

President Erdoğan underlined that these aren’t the days to act according to political partisanship, ideological obsession or differences of opinion, or to be blinded by personal animosities, and he added: “As of the night of July 15, our citizens from every party, view and lifestyle gathered on squares and streets in every city of Turkey with an aim to protect their will, democracy and future with the same determination, feeling and excitement. National will has been defended at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey with all the political parties’ joint signature. Anybody who feels himself/herself a member of this nation has stood against this coup attempt. Our people -- who have been suffering the pain of having failed to protect Menderes and his friends in the 1960 coup, and then the young in the 1980 coup who were hanged within the understanding of ‘one from the right and one from the left’ -- have said ‘stop’ to this course of event on 15 July 2016. An armed coup attempt has been thwarted by our nation for the first time in the history of our country. Turkey has showed to the whole world that it is a country where commitment to democracy and rule of law doesn’t remain in name only and that these values are put into practice, when necessary, at the cost of citizens’ life.”

“JULY 15 HAS SHOWN WHO THE TRUE COUP SUPPORTERS ARE”

Pointing out that the incidents that took place in the aftermath of the coup attempt proved how strong a democracy Turkey possessed, President Erdoğan noted that these incidents showed that persons or organizations that criticised Turkey with regards to its democracy acted with different motives rather than being true democrats.

The presence of any soldier, judge, prosecutor, police or bureaucrat -- who receives orders from an external organization rather that from a corporate hierarchy -- cannot be allowed for in any democracy or state of law, President Erdoğan stressed, and he added: “Otherwise, the democracy, in other words the superiority of national will, and the law, in other words taking the rights and freedoms under written guarantee, would be meaningless. The act of those, who sought to take capture the country and the nation by utilizing the public power entrusted to them, is called fascism and dictatorship. July 15 coup attempt has revealed who the true fascists and dictatorship enthusiasts are, and who the true democrats and advocates of freedom and rule of law are.”

“THE INSTITUTION OF POLITICS HAS DEFENDED ITS HONOUR WITH ITS STANCE ON JULY 15”

Stating that the history of this country is full of examples of the people protecting their state and homeland against external attacks and internal treasons, President Erdoğan continued as follows: “The glorious resistance of July 15 will take its place at the top of this magnificent history. I am of the belief that the unwavering stand our nation took against the weapons, tanks, jets and helicopters of the terrorists dressed in uniforms will be told with appreciation throughout generations. I extend my thanks to each of our citizens that took to the streets with the emergence of the coup attempt and upon my call. No matter what we say, we cannot express our gratitude sufficiently for our each citizen who, standing up to tanks, became martyr or got wounded and thus prevented coup attempters from reaching their targets. I congratulate each of the MPs who swiftly reacted against the July 15 coup attempt and defended the honour and dignity of the nation they represent with the declaration they released. I extend my appreciation to the chairmen of our political parties for taking a strong stand in favour of democracy and national will. The institution of politics has defended its honour with its stance on July 15. I thank our municipalities, who deployed all the vehicles and tools at their disposal, and our citizens, who utilized their own vehicles, with an aim to thwart the coup attempt.”

“OUR POLICEMEN DEVOTEDLY PERFORMED THEIR DUTIES”

Recalling that it was the Police Force and the policemen who contributed the most to foiling the coup attempt on July 15, President Erdoğan said: “The treacherous group which attempted the coup first targeted the critically important units within the Police Force which had the capability to intervene. They bombarded the compound of the Police Special Forces in the Gölbaşı district of Ankara from air and martyred our brave policemen. They also bombarded the police department in Ankara. They tried to attack the police department in Istanbul. Despite all that, our policemen devotedly performed their duties across the country. They joined forces with the people, utilizing all their means and capabilities to foil the attempt of this treacherous group. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to every single member of our Police Force that greatly contributed to thwarting the coup attempt.”

“ALMOST ALL OUR MEDIA OUTLETS TOOK A STAND AGAINST THE COUP-PLOTTERS”

Pointing to media’s role in foiling the coup attempt, President Erdoğan said: “Almost all our media outlets took a stand against the coup-plotters and stood beside the democracy and national will. On behalf of our nation, I congratulate members of the press who took, at gunpoint, a clear and solid stand against members of the terrorist organization that attempted the coup.”

“I EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO OUR SOLDIERS WHO SHOWED THAT THEY ARE OUR NATION’S ARMY”

Expressing his gratitude to our commanders who opposed the coup attempt and kept their soldiers out of this despicable act and our soldiers who was not party to this treason despite all pressure, President Erdoğan said: “I express my gratitude to our officers and soldiers who showed that they are not captives of an organization or a person but our nation’s army. I also thank countries, heads of state and government as well as friendly and brotherly communities that supported the legitimate government in Turkey by personally calling, sending messages and making statements to the press.”

“COUP-PLOTTTERS SPECIALLY TRAINED AND BRAINWASHED”

Noting that all terrorist organizations operating in Turkey, including the Gulenist Terrorist Organization, are products of certain projects and unleashed for certain purposes, President Erdoğan said: “Traitors, who would attack their own people with tanks, warplanes and helicopters, do not grow up on these lands. They all have been specially trained and raised for years as a part of a sinister plan and brain washed.”

“OUR NATIONAL SURVIVAL ABOVE ALL ELSE”

Recalling that they have been trying to explain this group they were following the wrong path and treacherous leaders, President Erdoğan stated that they have endeavored patiently so far and said: “Those, who support the Gulenist Terrorist Organization and any other terrorist organizations will no longer be tolerated,” underscoring that our national survival matters above all else.