As many of you may already be aware, Turkey is going through a very difficult time nowadays. We are deeply concerned about the ongoing situation in the country and we, as Pacifica Institute, strongly condemn this attempted military coup. A coup of any sort defies the democratic process, and we stand opposed to such a hostile and violent attempt at toppling the democratically elected government in Turkey.
Fethullah Gulen issued the following statement on recent developments in Turkey
I condemn, in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey. Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force. I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly.
As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations.
About Fethullah Gülen
Fethullah Gülen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate, whose decades‐long commitment to interfaith tolerance and altruism has inspired millions in Turkey and around the world. Gülen is the honorary chairman of the Rumi Forum, Washington, DC; the Intercultural Dialogue Platform, Brussels, Belgium; and the Foundation of Journalists and Writers, Istanbul, Turkey.