The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) supporters set fire to the two cars owned by Belgium-based sympathizers of the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, social media users claimed.
The movement denies any involvement in the coup attempt that killed around 240 people.
“Yesterday AK Party supporters burnt two cars which belong to Gulen sympathizers. Today cars were empty.. but tomorrow?” another Twitter user @ciftler76 claimed the same day.
Targeting of Gülen followers by AK Party supporters is nothing new. A Turkish man identified only by his initial as M.Y. was arrested on Aug.3 by the French police after he attacked the Gülen-affiliated Horizon Culture Center in northeastern France with a hammer in his hand.
Meanwhile, Denizhan Vural, a Turkey-based businessman who proudly confessed to reporters that he carried out a gun attack on a store owned by an alleged follower of Gülen in Kırıkkale, was released pending trial shortly after he was detained on September 10.
“The allegation about the gun attack is true. We did our part regarding the issue,” Vural boasted of the attack before adding that he would stand by the state in its crackdown against Gülen’s followers.
In mid-August, Turkey’s consul general in Rotterdam called on people to “do their part” against Gülen followers.
The Kırıkkale attack was the latest of such incidents as the Turkish government has gradually geared up its discriminatory discourse against the Gülen movement since July 15.
Several stores across Turkey that sell books of Gülen were earlier been reported to have been looted by angry mobs.