Marking the sixth anniversary of the July 15, 2016 defeated coup attempt in Türkiye by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the terrorist group’s main objective was to establish a "radical, fundamentalist regime loyal only to their ringleader, Fetullah Gulen."
"The plotters killed 251 innocent civilians and left thousands injured. On that night, the Turkish people defended democracy with their lives," Cavusoglu wrote in an op-ed for Ta Nea, a daily in neighboring Greece.
Cavusoglu said the Turkish people’s resilience in defending democracy that night "was something the conspirators failed to foresee."
"FETO-affiliated army units left their barracks to occupy key locations such as the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, and fighter jets and attack helicopters bombed strategic targets including the parliament, presidential compound, army and police headquarters," he said, stressing that six years ago on that night, thousands of Turkish people took to the streets "to stop this unprecedented, heinous coup attempt.”
FETO orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 in Türkiye in which 251 people were killed and 2,734 injured.