The Turkish community in Ohio's Miami Valley gathered Saturday to protest against a failed coup attempt in Turkey, saying those who were involved in the coup must be held responsible.
"We need unity and solidarity among our community," Turkish American Community Center President Islom Shakhbandarov quoted as saying by the WDTN news.
Shakhbandarov said the Turkish community is having a quite hard time as they follow the situation in Turkey closely.
"People have been calling me all night.I didn't sleep. We've been following the situation in Turkey. It was very dangerous. Therefore, they decided to come here and get the mood and more detailed information."
Meanwhile, hundreds of Turkish Americans alongside American Muslims also converged on the White House on Friday to protest a coup attempt in Turkey.
Chanting slogans in support of Turkey's democratically elected government and Erdoğan, the group urged respect for democracy in the country.
"We are here to stand against the uprising against democracy in Turkey. We stand with our people of Turkey," said Yaşar Çolak, president of the Diyanet Center of America that was inaugurated by Erdoğan in April.
Muslims Americans with origins from Syria, Palestine, Egypt and other countries also joined the group. Speaking to the press, Executive Director of Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Nihad Awad said he joined the group to send a message to the junta that he condemned any attempt to topple a democratically elected government. "This coup is not an assault only on democracy, it is an assault on the national sovereignty of Turkey," Awad said.
A similar scene played out in New York's Time Square where hundreds of Turks were joined by Muslims from Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Americans to protest the attempted overthrow of the government in Ankara.
The group waved Turkish flags while they chanted patriotic slogans in solidarity with Erdoğan, and sang the Turkish national anthem.
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