Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told fellow deputies from Justice and Development Party (AKP) in a meetin on Friday that they will be relentless in rooting out FETO, a derogatory term coined by AKP government to refer to Gülen movement symphatizers, from wherever they are, a daily reported.
“We have to root FETO members out from wherever they are. Of course, there will be mistakes while we do it, because there is nothing called FETOmatik [to easily detect them]. Lets cleanse them, but we should not be fooled. We will be relentless in this issue. A weakness at this point will endanger our cause,” Yıldırım said and Hürriyet daily reported on Saturday.
Speaking to groups of AKP deputies in Ankara on Friday, Yıldırım told lawmakers that they have convine the public against Gülen movement, a civil society movement inspired by the views of US-based Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen who AKP accuses him of masterminding failed coup attempt on July 15 and previously a corruption probe in December 2013 against AKP.
Despite Gülen rejected any involvement in both the cases, AKP government dismissed over 110,000 people from state jobs, more than 50,000 detained and over 32,000 arrested since July 15. AKP government also shut down more than 2,000 educational institutions, 1,250 business and charitable foundations, 180 media outlets at this period.
During his speech, Yılldırım also said that claims of victimhood and suffering are too much exaggerated in the public. “This thing [crackdown] is huge. There might be some mistakes,” he said.
According to the reports in Turkish media, Governor’s Offices across Turkey began receiving applications from those who claim to be victimized by government crackdown on Gülen movement despite they don’t have any links with the movement. Reports says that people started sending informatory letters to government websites against people in their family members, neighborhood and even in AKP for alleged membership of FETO.