PM Erdoğan Vows ‘to Sterilize’ Gülen Movement ‘by Boiling”
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vows came at the closing speech of his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) 22nd Consultation and Assessment Meeting in the western province of Afyonkarahisar, defending his promise against being called a “witch hunt.”
“In order to sterilize this dirty water that contaminated the milk, we will either boil or molecularize it,” Erdoğan said.
“If changing the positions for those committing treason is called a ‘witch hunt,’ then yes, we perform a ‘witch hunt,’” Erdoğan told his party’s deputies referring to the reshuffles of thousands of officials in the judiciary and police departments. He reiterated his accusations of a “parallel state” a term he used to define the members of the Gülen movement in top state positions and who allegedly are attempting to topple the government.
Erdoğan also called on all his deputies, mayors, provincial party heads and all of the public to inform the party about the presence of such people in the state structure to help in his “witch-hunt.”