“We will never forget those who… opened their arms to the coup plotters who escaped from our country,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday during the second anniversary of the failed coup attempt against him.
Turkey commemorated the botched coup attempt of July 15, 2016 with a mass rally and Erdogan pledging that he will not forget those who harbored the coup plotters, likely implying Greece for recently releasing from custody eight Turkish officers who fled Turkey.
“We will never forget those who took a stance without any authority and opened their arms to the coup d’état plotters who escaped from our country,” the Turkish president told the crowd that had gathered near the ‘July 15 Martyrs’ Bridge’ on the two-year anniversary of the failed coup . “I say it clearly, we know who, when and what stance they kept. And we’ve got to know who is collaborating with whom,” he added sharply.
“The coup showed us who our friends are during difficult times. We have a good memory. We may seldom speak of what we have gone through, but we never forget. The coup showed us their hypocrisy. We know who prayed for us that night and who prayed for the success of (Fethullah) Gulen’s movement. In the end, we will remember the silence of those who we considered our friends,” Erdogan continued.
“We will continue our struggle (…) at home, as well as abroad,” the Turkish president said, adding: “We know those who were hoping for the coup, the Gulenists, and then changed their attitude and were disappointed.”