US's Turks protest attempted coup in Turkey

Türkiye Materials 18 July 2016 02:43 (UTC +04:00)

Hundreds of US's Turks gathered outside of the White House on Sunday, rallying against a recent coup attempt by rogue elements of the Turkish military, Anadolu agency reported.

“Why are we here today? Because we respect the will of the people,” Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said amid a sea of Turkish flags and demonstrators from across the US who were clad in Turkish apparel.

The Turkish government said the failed coup was organized by followers of US - based preacher Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the government through supporters within the Turkish state, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

Secretary General of the US Council of Muslim Organizations, Oussama Jamal, said that the coup attempt “was the beginning of turning the entire region into chaos.”

“Thanks to the Turkish people, to the honorable men and women who went out to the streets to protect the Turkish democracy,” he said.