Mustafa Orakçı, the owner of a bookstore in Turgutlu district of Manisa province:
“My bookstore, the biggest bookstore in Manisa province, has been operating since 1983. However, because of recent events in Turkey, the government shut it down.
Over the past 34 years, I have never engaged in illegal conduct. I have never involved in fraud or tax evasion. I have never received any warnings or penalty in my life. I have always been a good citizen.
Only because I am one of the founding members of Turgutlu Korfez College Preparatory School (affiliated with Gülen movement), I was detained by the police early on July 19, 2016. After spending four hours under custody, I was released. I immediately fled the country the following day in fear of further persecution. On the evening of July 22, I learned that the police raided my home and my store simultaneously. My employee, Coskun Erdem, went to the store after hearing the store alarm. Police detained him for being an employee at my bookstore. They also shut down my business. Coşkun was kept in custody for 2 weeks and later arrested.
With my business is closed, I can’t pay my taxes, I can’t pay the salaries of my former employees. My monthly expenses, credit card bills, and my business debts grow every day. I have become a victim of this purge. There is no functioning law in Turkey; there is no legal authority through which I can request fair and just treatment.”