Turkey preparing measures to counter Fethullah Gulen’s supporters

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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 6

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The Turkish government is preparing a special package of measures as part of the fighting the supporters of Fethullah Gulen [Islamic public figure who currently resides in the United States], who attempt to infiltrate the government structure of the country, the Turkish Sabah newspaper reported on March 6 citing sources in the government of Turkey.

The content of the package hasn't been disclosed yet, but it is stressed that as part of fighting the supporters of Gulen , police schools can be temporarily closed in Turkey.

On February 25, several Turkish media outlets said the telephone conversations of over 7000 people close to both the country's ruling party and opposition parties, were wiretapped as part of an anti-terrorist operation against members of the 'Salam' organisation in 2011.

It was also reported that the telephone conversations of Turkish intelligence head, Hakan Fidan were also wiretapped under these anti-terrorist operations.

After this, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of that, namely representatives of his movement stand behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations.

Erdogan also stressed that Gulen's movement (which he earlier called as a 'parallel structure') with its anti-state activities proved that it is not a religious movement, but a politicized and illegal structure.

Earlier, the prime minister called on Fethullah Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the U.S. of supporting him.

Additionally, it was earlier reported that the member of the Council of the ruling Justice and Development Party of the country, Mazhar Bagli said that the actions of Gulen and his supporters are aimed at undermining the country's national interests.

Translated by L.Z.

Edited by C.N.

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