Press Release United for #Democracy – New Young Turks call on politicians to call for unity after attempted coup

Monday, 18th July 2016


UNITED FOR #DEMOCRACY – New Young Turks calls on politicians to call for unity after attempted coup

New Young Turks (Will be referred as NYT) asks politicians to call for unity after the failed coup in Turkey on Friday 15th of June 2016. The nation was overwhelmed by the attempted, but failed coup, staged by a rebel group in the army which tried to usurp the democracy in Turkey. During these arbitrary developments people gathered all over Turkey to stand against the putschist. Many hundreds of people were murdered during the violence of the so called soldiers who were carrying out the coup. They slaughtered the innocent civilians whom they are supposed to protect.

NYT expresses its condolences to all who lost their loved ones in these brutal attacks and wishes a quick recovery to the wounded heroes. 208 people have lost their lives and many more have been injured in the name of defending their country. We pray for strength for everyone affected from such sorrow. To stop these usurpers of democracy, people from different political views went out to defend their democratically elected government.

The reaction in the parliament was the same and all the political parties expressed solidarity against the coup attempt and for the elected government. Every section of the nation demonstrated togetherness and withstood a coup attempt for the first time in the modern history of Turkey. This was a remarkable example of democracy and national will.

This incident demonstrated that criticism of democracy in Turkey, which question the will of the people, are extremely unjustified . The people showed solidarity and stood against a coup at the cost of thier lives,whether they had voted for the government or not.

NYT invites everyone to preserve the calm maturity and act within the framework of the constitution to prevent any violation of human rights. We urge politicians, no matter their political views, to help maintain the unity that blossomed on the night of 15 July. We respectively request that the foreign media outlets accurately and responsibly analyze recent events in Turkey and refrain from depicting Turkey in an anachronistic and slanted way. The people of Turkey come from a number of ethnic backgrounds. The majority are Muslim and thus expressions like ‘Allahu Akbar’ only reflect their belief that God will overcome injustice. It is an expression of the same emotion that lies behind ‘Long live Ataturk’ , merely expressed in different words. All such expressions should be understood in the context of this country and culture.


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New Young Turks (NYT) is a non-partisan organisation working to build bridges between Turkey and the world through cultural events and political dialogue. Over the years we have developed a network of young students and professionals of Turkish backgrounds across Turkey, Europe and North America.

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