Turkey celebrated the Day of Democracy and National Unity on Thursday, July 15th with a series of events across the country, for five years since the failed July 15th, 2016 coup attempt, with officials reiterating the nation’s determination to continue the war. against terrorism in all its forms.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey “will never forgive the traitors”.
“This nation will never forgive traitors, traitors and those behind the traitors,” Erdogan said at a ceremony in the capital Ankara to commemorate the victims of the failed coup.
Erdoğan made a series of speeches throughout the day and inaugurated a “museum of democracy” seeing the main events of the night which “changed the fate of Turkey”.
Located beyond the Presidential Complex, the 15 July Museum of Democracy will remind visitors of the unity spirit of the Turks who thwarted the coup attempt, while also showing the insidious intentions of the terrorist group FETÖ.
Erdogan visited the museum with a group of high-level leaders including Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop, Vice President Fuat Oktay and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli. Relatives of those who lost their lives on the night of the coup and veterans were also present.
Following the inauguration, the president said at a memorial event at the Presidential Complex that Turkey will continue to be on alert against all terrorist organizations, especially the Gulenist Terror Group (FETÖ) that tried to seize power by force five years ago.
“Our fight will continue until the last member of FETÖ is ‘neutralized’, punished and deleted from the records,” Erdoğan said.
FETÖ and its US-based leader Fethullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup in 2016, in which 251 people were killed and 2,734 injured.
“We will never be able to pay the brave who, with their sacrifices that dark night, brought a (bright) morning to our nation and democracy,” Erdogan said.
“Through its resistance on July 15, our people not only averted a coup attempt but also prevented an attempt to occupy (our) country.”
FETÖ is also accused of being behind a long campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, especially the army, police and judiciary.
Addressing the nation on a separate television broadcast, Erdo saidan said terrorist groups and those behind them could never carry out their agenda as the Turks would not spare them as was demonstrated on the night of July 15th.
The President stressed that those who posed threats to Turkey through terrorism inadvertently strengthened national unity and harmony and could not slow down its development./ ibna