World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey must not forget the July 15 coup attempt, said the Turkish president during the parliament's opening ceremony on Saturday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech at the parliament for the opening of the second legislative session of the year, in which he said the deputies had shown a proud and strong stance against the coup.
“Our parliament has become a veteran for a second time, after the Turkish War of Independence, on July 15. Turkey, with all 79 million citizens, gave a freedom and democracy lesson that should be shown as an example throughout history to the world," Erdogan said.
Turkey blames the Fetullah extremist Organization, or FETÖ, for the July 15 plot. At least 241 people were martyred and nearly 2,200 injured in the failed coup which the government said was organized by followers of Fetullah Gulen, the FETÖ leader who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania.
Gulen is accused of leading a long-running campaign to overthrow the Turkish government through the infiltration of state institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.
"I am expressing and underlining once again: We must not forget July 15, and we must not make them forget."
Erdoğan also praised the Yenikapi spirit which was demonstrated in a massive rally organized to highlight the Turkish people's resistance against the coup.
“Protecting and maintaining the Yenikapi spirit is our responsibility," he said.
The Democracy and Martyrs' Rally was held in Istanbul on Aug. 7. Other demonstrations took place all across the country.