ISTANBUL — Businessmen have begun cancelling their memberships in the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON), an organization connected to the Gülen Movement, which targeted the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government with the Dec. 17 operation in an effort to create economic instability and political chaos. Hundreds of businessmen have reportedly left associations that fall under the TUSKON umbrella, primarily those in Bursa, Kocaeli, Rize and Erzurum.
The Bursa Entrepreneurs Association (BUGİAD) has lost 450 members who apparently cited TUSKON's attitude against the AK Party.
Turkish media outlets also reported that 100 businessmen submitted their resignations to the Kocaeli Active Industrialists and Businessmen Association (KASİAD).
Moreover, nearly 50 businessmen left the Erzurum Entrepreneurs Association (ERGİAD) due to the Gülen Movement's recent position against the government.