Gülen calls millions of coup protesters in Turkey fools and says they won’t succeed

Published 22.07.2016 00:00
Updated 22.07.2016 18:07

Fethullah Gülen called the millions of people that gathered all across Turkey to protest Friday's failed coup attempt fools in a recently released video. Gülen, who is under the microscope after the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey, was heard calling the current situation of the country pathetic.

While the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) denies involvement in the recent coup attempt, Gülen, the controversial leader of FETÖ has sparked controversy yet again as he insulted people who were out protesting the coup attempt.

FETÖ, also referred to as the Gülen Movement, operates on a secretive structure, with leaders and representatives at the district, provincial and nation-wide levels who both act as insiders and decision-makers steering the movement.

They are accused of being behind the July 15 coup attempt, when over 240 people were killed and over a thousand were injured by pro-coup Gülenist soldiers within the military.

Gülen is among Turkey's most wanted, with the country exerting a tremendous effort to obtain an international arrest warrant for him.

He lives in a compound owned by his movement in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

Ankara is seeking to secure his extradition from the U.S and has officially submitted the documents for extradition earlier this week.

Gülenists run a vast network of schools around the globe, but are primarily invested in charter schools in the U.S., which receive government funding but operate independent of the public school system.

Dozens of schools associated with Gülenists are facing criticism and are under investigation over the alleged misuse of federal grants and the abuse of a visa scheme being used to funnel foreign teachers into charter schools who are brought from Turkey to live in the U.S.

FETÖ, which has seen its members and sympathizers purged from state institutions, including the police and judiciary, was designated by authorities as a national threat, a classification for terrorist organizations.

Gülenists are accused of illegally wiretapping thousands of people, from the prime minister to journalists and other prominent figures.

They are also accused of imprisoning critics or anyone seen as an obstacle to the movement's attempts to gain further clout through sham trials.

Hundreds of generals, academics and others were detained for years in cases in which they were accused of attempting to stage coups.

It was later revealed that they were detained on charges based on false evidence planted by Gülenist members of law enforcement.

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