Menderes Obay, a pro-government shopkeeper in Cengelkoy, Istanbul was revealed to have threatened suspected Gulenists in the district with brutal methods.
Finland’s national broadcaster YLE aired a documentary, titled Pako Turkista [Getting out of Turkey] on the recent refugee exodus from Turkey to Europe, on Jan 4.
More than 50,000 people have been arrested and about 150,000 have lost their jobs in the aftermath of the 2016 botched coup, the documentary said.
“Fear grows in Turkey,” the broadcaster highlighted interviewing people from different walks of life.
At the very beginning of the documentary, local dealer Obay is heard threatening supporters of the Gulen movement: “We don’t want them and their money in Cengelkoy, Istanbul. We know and believe that officials will do something about it. If they leave this task to us, we will punish them in a different way. We will punish them with the God’s justice. And it may do no good to them.”
When the YLE reporter asks what he means by “different punishment,” Obay responds: “We will execute them. We will wash them with their own blood. We will hang them to the flagpoles.”
The Istanbul man adds further during the interview: “We will never let this flag touch the ground and never let Tayyip Erdogan get hurt. If a hair on Tayyip Erdogan’s head is harmed, we will burn down the entire world.”
Turkish government blames Gulenists for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the group denies involvement.
Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the government against sympathizers of the movement since then. Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.