Pro-gov’t writer threatens mass killing to defend Erdoğan

Writer and filmmaker Sevda Noyan said her family could “take out 50 people” in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the event of coup attempt against him.

The events following July 15, 2016, when many Erdoğan supporters took to the streets upon the president’s call to defend the Turkish government against a coup attempt, had “left us wanting more,” Noyan said in a televised interview. “We could not do what we wanted to do, we were caught off guard.”

Since the failed coup attempt, supporters of Erdoğan have “prepared in the material and spiritual sense,” she continued. “We stand by our leader and we will never let him be thrown to the wolves in this country.”

“My family alone could take out 50 people,” said Noyan, who says she lived a secular life until she rediscovered her faith at 35.

“There are still a few of them in my gated community, I have my list ready,” she said, referring to supporters of Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic cleric living in self-imposed exile in the United States who Turkey accuses of having masterminded the coup attempt.

Some 150,000 public servants have been suspended or sacked and 77,000 people have been imprisoned over alleged ties with Gülen since the failed coup, which left 251 people dead and nearly 2,200 others wounded.

Cases of torture and forced disappearances against alleged Gülen supporters have surfaced since 2016, as well as against people accused of being affiliated with other organisations Turkey considers to be terrorists.

The interview was widely condemned on Turkish social media networks after left-wing daily BirGün brought it to public attention.

“I am not afraid of you, you treacherous zombies,” Noyan tweeted following a flurry of replies to her comments. “If you attempt another coup in this country, know that you won’t end up well.”

Rumours of another coup attempt had made the rounds in mid-February, when a pro-government columnist highlighted comments by former army chief of staff İlker Başbuğ, who accused Erdoğan’s government of being the political wing of the Gülen movement.