Muslim cleric Gulen: coup bid in Turkey could have been staged

14:40, 17 July 2016
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U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Turkey blames for a failed coup, said on Saturday the attempted overthrow may have been staged, and he urged the Turkish people not to view military intervention in a positive light, according to Reuters.


"There is a slight chance, there is a possibility that it could be a staged coup," Gulen told reporters through a translator in Pennsylvania, where he resides, Reuters reported.

"It could be meant for court accusations and associations," Gulen said.

Read alsoU.S. warns Turkey against 'insinuations' of involvement in coup attemptGulen said democracy cannot be achieved through military action. He criticized the President Tayyip Erdogan's government.

"It appears that they have no tolerance for any movement, any group, any organization that is not under their total control," he said.

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