Famous figures from the culture and arts scene have released a statement against the failed Gülenist coup attempt. Named "No to Coup," the manifesto was signed by prominent actors, singers and artists such as Beren Saat, Bergüzar Korel, Engin Altan Düzyatan, Meryem Uzerli, İbrahim Tatlıses, Orhan Gencebay, Orhan Pamuk, Yılmaz Erdoğan and Tarkan.
"Turkey faced a new wave of coup attempts on the night of July 15. Gunfire was opened on our brave people who resisted the coup plotters. We lost 200 lives. The coup plotters shelled the Turkish Grand National Assembly 11 times. As those who signed this manifesto, we stand by our government against this heionus coup attempt while setting aside the diversity of views among us. We remember our heroes with respect, who lost their lives while resisting."
Celebrities have also expressed solidarity with the people and the government on their social media accounts. Actress and singer Gülben Ergen Çelik wrote to her more than 4 million followers on Twitter: "We will not be split up. Those who wear military uniforms and cause bloodshed in the country will not be able to stand against our solidarity."
Hadise, a famous singer, shared the following statement with her 2.5 million followers on Saturday: "May God save our beautiful country. I hope we will not see any other dark night like last night."
Pop singer Niran Ünsal told Anadolu Agency that she was following the incidents since they first broke out. "I condemn this sinister and traitorous act. I decry the attempt as a mother, a sensible citizen and a musician."
Famous singer and actress Hülya Avşar was among the many celebrities who condemned the coup attempt. "I sincerely extend my gratitude to those political party leaders who supported our president in the current chaotic atmosphere. I wish that this public solidarity which has made me weep will persist. I am very sorry for our loss, while vehemently condemning the coup plotters, who can do nothing but only dream about assassinating our president."
She added: "I sincerely believe that the peaceful days in solidarity are ahead if we cling into each other with the company of love and indoctrinate love into the youth. We must aim to be a hardworking and strong community that does not bow to anyone; we can only succeed at this if we create solidarity, just as we are doing right now."
Singer Alişan reacted to the coup attempt: "No one can ever succeed at dividing us and destroying this country."