‘On night of July 15, deputies risked lives’
On the fateful night of July 15, 2016, deputies in Turkey’s parliament put their lives on the line to defend the nation’s sovereignty in the face of an attempted coup, a senior lawmaker of the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) said on July 14.
“Our lawmaker colleagues from parliamentary parties risked death without batting an eyelid for the sovereignty of our nation on the night of the defeated coup attempt,” Ramazan Can, a lawmaker for the Kırıkkale province, told Anadolu Agency.
“The opening of parliament that night encouraged everyone who believes in Turkey’s democracy and sovereignty. As a result of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s leadership and the determined attitude of our parliamentary deputies, our people filled the squares of the nation in droves.”
FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen are widely believed to have orchestrated the defeated coup, which killed 251 people and injured nearly 2,200 others.
Ankara accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to infiltrate Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.