KYIV (QHA) -
July 16, the Embassy of the Turkish Republic in Kyiv recalled the victims of an attempted military coup in Turkey. Funeral events were held with the participation of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey to Ukraine Yönet Can Tezel, representatives of the public organization of Meskhetian Turks in Ukraine, Turkish businessmen and public figures.
QHA correspondent reports that the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, members of the Mejlis Gayana Yuksel, Riza Shevkiev, Adviser to the Head of the Mejlis Ismet Yuksel, and activist Sinaver Kadyrov came to commemorate the victims. The participants of the event paid a minute of silence to the memory of the sons and daughters of Turkey, who gave their lives for the independence and democratic values of the country.
"Turkey will never forget the importance of what our brothers did a year ago. About two thousand wounded. They rushed to the tanks for the protection of those democratic values that our country professes," the Ambassador of Turkey in Ukraine said in his mourning speech.
The diplomat, for his part, thanked Ukraine for its support. He noted that Ukraine has always supported Turkey.
“Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov called first and asked what was going on. A little later called an Adviser to the President of Ukraine. He said that Ukraine is always there and supports the legally elected power of Turkey," Tezel said.
In his commentary to QHA, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev said that the military, who pointed weapons against citizens and legally elected authorities, acted shamefully.
“People took to the streets to protect their country from arbitrariness. People who died that night in Turkey are revered in the same way as Heroes of Heavenly Hundred in Ukraine. But what would have happen if the putschists seized power? Of course, there would be much more corpses," Mustafa Dzhemilev said.
Reference: A group of militants attempted a military coup in Turkey on the night of 15 to 16 July last year. Clashes occurred on the streets of Ankara and Istanbul. More than 240 Turkish citizens were killed, about 2 thousand people were injured. The mutiny was suppressed. The Turkish authorities accused Fethullah Gülen of involvement in the coup attempt and demanded his extradition from the United States where he lives.
Gülen himself condemned the mutiny and declared his innocence. In Turkey, more than 50,000 people were arrested, more than 100,000 civil servants were dismissed. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the issue of a new coup attempt in the country is excluded. At the same time, he warned that if such madness or foolishness repeats, then the guilty party will pay even higher price for it.