Opponents of the Turkish government residing outside the country fear persecution and kidnappings affecting some of them through Turkish intelligence agents and representatives who are active in various countries around the world, including Arab countries and Europeans and Kurds.
A French journalist revealed, via his official Twitter account, a Turkish intelligence plan to target Erdogan’s opponents, supporters of Gülen and the Kurds, in several European countries, including Switzerland, in addition to Kyrgyzstan, from Kenya and Malaysia.
French journalist Guillaume Perrier said in a series of tweets that “thousands of secret agents of the Turkish secret services continue their missions of tracking down opponents of the Turkish president”, stressing that “115 people from 33 countries have been returned from force in Turkey. after their abduction. “
The number of people whose forcible return to Turkey was announced by the French journalist is 33 more than the latest statistic published by the American foundation “Freedom House”, which confirmed in mid-June that the Turkish intelligence services had returned 100 people in their country after them were kidnapped in countries scattered around the world.
A Turkish journalist close to Gulen condemned the kidnappings of Erdogan’s opponents abroad, then they were transferred to Turkish territory, accusing the European governments, where these opponents are kidnapped, of carrying out an “unjust” policy to this regard.
Erdogan’s government uses the Gülen movement and the Kurds as a pretext to practice repression inside and outside the country
Yavuz Altun, who resides outside Turkey, said: “Erdogan’s government is using the Gülen movement and the Kurds as a pretext to practice repression inside and outside the country, but European governments are not interacting. not with this question because they have to cooperate with Ankara in various fields. “
He added to “Al Arabiya.net” that “Turkish diplomats are very sensitive to kidnappings with their Western counterparts, but with this, Turkish intelligence agents were recently arrested in Europe, and Brussels has put pressure on the government of Turkey. Kosovo after the kidnapping of a number of Gülen supporters there. “
He continued: “The Turkish government regards the Gulenists and the Kurds as existential enemies, and therefore, it tries to kidnap them, although this is an international transgression for Ankara and confirms how Turkey has become. a country focused on security. Unfortunately, the opposition parties keep a shameful silence on this issue despite the excessive use of force by the Erdogan government against its opponents inside and outside the country.
The Turkish secret service had recently succeeded in kidnapping a French citizen suspected of being of Turkish origin in Gabon, in addition to an attempted kidnapping of a Swiss businessman of Turkish origin.
Ankara accuses the two of supporting the US-based Gulen-led “Service” movement which Erdogan accuses of being behind the failed coup attempt against his regime that took place in mid-July 2016.
The Turkish secret services have sometimes failed to achieve their objectives, as happened when they attempted to assassinate an Austrian parliamentarian of Kurdish origin, Berivan Aslan. The intelligence agent surrendered to Austrian authorities about two years ago, when he planned to assassinate Aslan along with 3 other people. .
Usually, Ankara officially announces that it has taken opponents of its government abroad after successfully kidnapping them, as it did during the kidnapping of Salah al-Din Gulen, the nephew of the movement leader. “Service” in Kenya then returned to Turkey at the end of May.