CHP leader, who claimed he would be first to stand against a coup, hid during coup attempt

Published 10.04.2017 21:40
Updated 10.04.2017 23:26

New footage of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu waiting out during the July 15 coup attempt at Atatürk Airport's V.I.P lounge has emerged.

The footage from the airport security cameras showed Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu hiding in the lounge, in a bid to evade the pro-coup soldiers, contrary to his previous claims that he "would be the first person to resist if a military coup happens."

The opposition leader waited in the lounge until the coup plotters were defeated by the public and the area was secure. Only after the soldiers and tanks had left the area did he exit the airport.

The footage, which was derived from Istanbul Atatürk Airport's security cameras, showed that Kılıçdaroğlu waited inside a V.I.P lounge in order to evade the pro-coup soldiers who were deployed by the putchist officers at the airport.

Though Kılıçdaroğlu declared his support for the government following the failed July 15 coup attempt, which was perpetrated by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), last week he gave a controversial statement saying that the July 15 coup attempt was "controlled."

Citing that the pro-coup forces had went ahead with the attempt an hour early, as they were exposed, Kılıçdaroğlu said that statements by FETÖ members' in investigations strengthened his opinion.

He however, despite persistent questions, refused to comment or show any further evidence, but said he has documents and could reveal them at a later time.

His statement has drawn criticism from the public as well as from political leaders.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan slammed Kılıçdaroğlu's remarks and urged him to reveal any documents he has on the matter.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım also criticized Kılıçdaroğlu's remarks, saying, "What does 'controlled coup attempt' even mean? Isn't it an insult of our martyrs? Isn't it offending their relatives?"

On July 15, a small military junta linked to FETÖ attempted to topple the democratically elected president and government in Turkey and impose martial law.

The attempt was prevented by military troops loyal to the government, along with police units and millions of Turkish citizens taking to the streets in favor of democracy.

In total, 248 people, mostly civilians, were killed by pro-coup soldiers, while over 2,000 people were injured.

The attempt was masterminded by Fetullah Gülen, who has been living in a self-imposed exile on a 400-acre property in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania since 1999.

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