American Muslims protest coup attempt in Turkey

Posted by News Express | 16 July 2016 | 3,185 times

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The failed coup attempt in Turkey sparked off protest in America on Friday. Anadolu reported that hundreds of Turkish Americans alongside American Muslims converged on the white House to protest the coup attempt in Turkey.

The Turkish news agency said that the protesters Chanted slogans in support of Turkey’s democratically-elected government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and urged respect for democracy in the country.

“We are here to stand against the uprising against democracy in Turkey. We stand with our people of Turkey,” said Yasar Colak, President of the Diyanet Center of America that was inaugurated by Erdogan in April.

A minority group controlling some military assets, including helicopters and fighters jets, tried to wrest control of the country.

A helicopter controlled by coup plotters fired at civilians and threw bombs onto the grounds of the Parliament in Ankara.

Colak said those responsible for bombing the Parliament will pay the consequences.

Muslim Americans with origins from Syria, Palestine, Egypt and other countries also joined the group.

Speaking to the press, Executive Director of Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) said he joined the group to send a message to the junta that he condemned any attempt to topple a democratically-elected government.

“This coup is not an assault only on democracy, it is an assault on national sovereignty of Turkey,” Nihad Awad said.

A similar scene played out in New York’s Time Square where hundreds of Turks were joined by Muslims from Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Americans to protest the attempted overthrow of the government in Ankara.

The group waved Turkish flags while they chanted patriotic slogans in solidarity with Erdogan, and sang the Turkish national anthem.

*Photo credit: Anadolu, shows protesters.

Source: News Express

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