March 1, 2017– The Alliance for Shared Values rejects the accusation by Mr. Numan Kurtulmus, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, that Mr. Fethullah Gulen is planning a move to Canada. Mr. Gulen has not purchased any property in Canada or elsewhere and has no intention of leaving the United States.
The same allegation was made on July 28, 2016, by Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag. This is nothing more than a false rumor being circulated again to divert attention from the Erdogan government’s domestic repressions and autocratic drive, and to exert pressure on the U.S. government to arrest Mr. Gulen. The Alliance calls on the Turkish government to end its witch hunt against all voices of democratic dissent, including journalists, academics, Kurds, liberals, and participants of Hizmet alike.
About Alliance for Shared Values
The Alliance for Shared Values (AFSV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as a voice for cultural organizations affiliated with Hizmet, a civil society movement inspired by prominent preacher and peace advocate Fethullah Gülen. The Alliance strives to promote peace and social harmony by helping reduce misinformation and false stereotypes about any all ethnic, cultural and religious communities. To learn more about the Alliance, please visit www.afsv.org.
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