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‘Fetullah Gulen’s cult uses American taxpayers’ money’

Fetullah Gulen’s cult not only Turkey’s but also Americans' problem, says Turkish presidential communications head

Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak   | 22.09.2019
‘Fetullah Gulen’s cult uses American taxpayers’ money’

ANKARA 

Turkish Presidential Communications Director on Sunday said that Fetullah Gulen’s cult uses American taxpayers’ money and therefore his cult is not only Turkey’s problem but Americans' as well.  

“Dear Americans, you are very wrong if you believe Fetullah Gulen’s cult is only Turkey’s problem,” Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter also sharing a video about Fetullah Gulen and his organization Fetullah Terrorist Group (FETO).  

“Fetullah Gulen controls his evil and criminal network, FETO, that has tentacles across the globe,” the video says.

The video reveals FETO charter school network in the U.S.  

“FETO has around 200 schools in the U.S. where 60,000 students study. The charter school system has been used by FETO to illegally funnel money and provide fraudulent jobs to its followers,” according to the video.  

“The FETO network in the U.S. is much more influential than you think. They bribe politicians. Thanks to this corrupt scheme, FETO enjoys powerful support in the U.S. Did you elect these politicians to represent your interests or promote a cult’s dangerous activities?” the video asks American taxpayers.  

“They're very skilled at manipulating the system. They disguise their true agenda. Don't be fooled. Don't let them get away with financing a criminal scheme through American taxpayers’ funds and hold [all relevant] people accountable who protect them.”  

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.  

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

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