Rahnuma exclusive: Dr. Adnan Altay Altinors’ speech on July 15, 2019 delivered at Turkish Consulate General of Hyderabad to commemorate victims of failed 2016 coup.
Hyderabad (Rahnuma): Consul General of Turkey in Hyderabad Dr. Adnan Altay Altinors addressed dignitaries at Turkish Consulate General, Hyderabad. A ceremony was held in remembrance of the victims of the failed coup of 2016. The Turkish government maintains it was orchestrated by the Gulen movement.
Dr. Adnan Altay Altinors expressed his gratitude and welcomed everyone present in the commemoration ceremony of the failed military coup attempt of July 15, 2016 by what the Turkish government calls the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETO) led by US based Fethullah Gulen.
The event commenced with recitation of the Turkish and Indian National Anthems and observation of a minute’s silence in the memory of the victims.
Video submitted as ‘evidence’ by the Erdogan government demonstrating what happened in Turkey on that bloody night, the solidarity, determination and courage of the Turkish nation who thwarted the plot, and the “real face of Fethullah Gulen and his clandestine network” were broadcast from Turkey’s TRT news platform for the gathering.
The Consul General of Turkey in Hyderabad, Dr. Adnan Altay Altinors addressed dignitaries highlighting some key aspects of the failed military coup attempt, its background and the affiliations of FETO in India and Hyderabad.
What follows are direct excerpts from Dr. Altinors speech shared exclusively with TheRahnuma.com.
Turkish Consul General Addresses Dignitaries
Dr. Adnan Altay Altinors: “On the evening of July 15, 2016, a faction of the Turkish Armed Forces attempted to stage a coup in various cities of Turkey, particularly in Ankara and Istanbul to destroy democracy and national security in Turkey. All the evidence collected so far throughout the investigations and trials demonstrates that Gulen was the mastermind behind what happened.
The perpetrators, who infiltrated in the Turkish Armed Forces, fired at their own people, betrayed their commanders. 251 citizens were killed and more than two thousand people were injured. FETO tried to assassinate the H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey. Tanks, F-16 fighters and helicopters from the inventory of the armed forces targeted the National Parliament, the Presidential Complex and the security forces’ compounds in the capital.
The Turkish nation, under the leadership of President Erdoğan, thwarted the plot by displaying a historic solidarity as they took to the streets and remained defiant. They stood bravely in front of the tanks and reclaimed their democratic rights. Hence, the coup attempt, a desperate move by FETO, was halted only in a couple of hours.
In order to fully understand all aspects of the coup attempt, it is imperative to consider the secretive network of FETO. It all started under the guise of a charitable education effort back in the 1970s that was launched by Fethullah Gulen.
Gulen is a preacher and a primary school graduate without any religious scholastic background. He has transformed himself to a leader of a cult, based on the belief that he was the Messiah, the awaited one. He was declared by his cult as the “Imam of the Universe”.
The ultimate aim of FETO is to control economic, social and political power through seizing and redesigning all constitutional bodies – legislative, executive and judiciary – of the State.
By brainwashing young minds at schools founded under the disguise of so-called training activities, they indoctrinated a large group of radical followers, who carried out the instructions of FETO unquestioningly and violated all legal and moral norms. Graduates of these schools were able to infiltrate the most critical institutions of the State by various ways.
FETO has around 800 educational institutions, more than 1000 NGOs and foundations, more than 200 media outlets and around 500 private companies in 160 countries including India.
Financing is taken care of by holding companies, donations from the followers and business people, as well as from laundering enormous sums of money, arranging illegal transfers of cash and other financial crimes.
The organization established media houses to shape the public opinion for and against any person, group or idea as well as to lynch and purge prominent people who reveal its hidden objectives.”
“The fight against FETO structures abroad has been among the top priorities of the Government of Turkey.
In this context, the concrete examples indicating that FETO violates laws by acting almost like a secretive intelligence service and establishes political and economic zones of influence in other countries are shared by the Turkish Government.
Administrative measures were taken and legal proceedings have been initiated to limit the maneuvering space of the FETO abroad and to prevent its members from transferring money and escaping justice.
Turkey requested the extradition of the main ringleaders of the structures of FETO abroad from the countries where these persons are located.
Furthermore, the Maarif Foundation of Turkey maintains its activities all around the world to prevent any shortfalls resulting from the steps taken against FETO, especially in the field of education.
Even though the global crime apparatus of this organization is shrinking, FETO actions in Turkey should be considered as a wake-up call for other countries.
FETO maintains its activities in India and in Hyderabad through its affiliated organizations.
Turkish Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (TICCI) claims itself as a business partner and a trade bridge between Turkey and India.
Indialogue Foundation claims itself as an international dialogue and peace organizations, and hosts and supports events on various themes.
Iqbalia International School and Iqbalia Junior College in Hyderabad provide academic and financial help and brainwash young minds.
Besides, there are a number of FETO affiliated companies in Hyderabad as well. It is striking that the top management of these affiliates are almost the same.
The activities and inflow of funds into these FETO organizations needs to be scrutinized carefully by the relevant Indian authorities.
Finally, I should like thank H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the largest democracy on earth, who demonstrated solidarity with Turkey that night unlike many Western countries.
We salute the heroes who sacrificed and risked their lives for their country and democracy on July 15, 2016.”