Aydın Doğan calls Turkey coup attempt a ‘heinous attack on democracy’
ISTANBULDoğan Holding Honorary Chairman Aydın Doğan has issued a message condemning the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.
Defining the attempt as “a heinous attack on the state, the nation and democracy,” Doğan said differences of opinions should be put to one side in order to “counter such threats together as a nation.”
Below is the message from the honorary chairman of Doğan Holding, which owns a number of media outlets including the Hürriyet Daily News:
Let’s defend democracy together
“On the night of July 15, our country survived a possible disaster with the solidarity of the state, the nation, politics and the media.
“The Turkish judiciary will surely give the necessary penalty to those who conducted this flagrant attack against the state, the nation and democracy.
"There is no doubt that the Turkish judiciary will sentence this heinous attack on the state, the nation and democracy in a best manner.
"What we should do now is to stick to our democracy and come together as a nation, leaving all political differences aside.
"Our citizens from all political views who hit the streets against the coup plotters, the leaders of political parties who united against the coup attempt and our both ruling and opposition party deputies who gathered in parliament under bombs have spread fresh hopes for our democracy.
“An embarrassment for democracy was prevented on July 15, making it a day to mark history as a festival of democracy.
"But the death of many citizens and security personnel during these incidents is a source of great sadness for our country. I extend my condolences to our martyrs of democracy and their relative
May our nation recover soon!”