During a TV program recently aired on the pro-government Haber-Turk station, Sabah daily columnists Ferhat Ünlü and Metehan Demir and TV anchor Didem Arslan Yılmaz discussed whether US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen’s drinking black tea sends a secret signal to followers of the Gülen movement.
Ünlü stated during the program that he received a tip from a source he trusts that drinking tea is “some sort of code among the movement for clandestine activities.”
“I don’t know if drinking tea has some sort of a secret meaning [within the movement]. But maybe Metehan [Demir] knows about this,” Ünlü said.
In response Demir said: “This sounds like a joke, but we must definitely appeal to the source [to learn about this]. We need to ask him what he witnessed among them [the Gülen movement].”