“The AKP government confiscated all my private property. My restaurant and two cafés were taken over after police raids. My bank accounts have been blocked,” reads a letter sent to Turkey Purge by Mustafa Karkur, a Turkish businessman whose passport was cancelled by the Turkish government while he was in Zambia.
Karkur is now among hundreds of thousands of people who find themselves facing tremendous difficulties after the government started a desperate crackdown on the Gülen movement in the aftermath of a July 15 coup attempt.
What follows is the full text of the letter submitted by the businessman.
“My name is Mustafa Karkur. I was born on September 1, 1977 in Feke, Adana, Turkey. I was owner and manager of a restaurant and two cafés between 2005 and 2016 in Anamur. I am currently in Lusaka, Zambia, since July 25, 2016 without my family. This is the third time I have been in Lusaka because I want to start up a busıness here in banana farming. Yet instead, I am stuck in Zambia now because of this so-called failed military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 in my country, Turkey. In the aftermath of the attempt, the AKP government confiscated all my private property. My restaurant and two cafés were taken over after police raids. My bank accounts have been blocked. I cannot use my own money. My partner has been in jail for two months now. Turkish police raided my house and my office two times; raids on private properties and the victims of mass purges mean my family and I cannot live in my house and I cannot work in my offices. Moreover, the government has cancelled my passport and my family’s passports. My wife (32) and my three children (14, 13 and 4) cannot travel to any country. My family lives in great fear, and that’s why I want to bring them to Zambia, or at least to any other country. Unfortunately they have not been given back their passports. In other words, the government is punishing me along with my innocent children for nothing. The reason for the accusation is that I was a member of two business associations that are registered with the registratıon of society in Turkey and affiliated with the Hizmet movement. These have been shut down by the government. They are using the membership list to attack me, my family, my partner and all my friends due to this military coup attempted on July 15.”