Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek has suggested that US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen - who Turkey blames for last week's coup attempt - uses jinn, or genies, to control and manipulate his followers, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
“How can Fethullah Gulen control such a large number of people? What makes him different?” a host of a TV show on CNN Turk asked Gokcek, who replied that Gulen used "genies."
“This may sound funny to you, but he does it with a strange method. He does it with the ‘three-lettered things.’ Everyone now can debate this. He enslaves people with the ‘three-lettered things,’” Gokcek said. The phrase "three-lettered things" is used in Turkish to refer to genies.
“It’s obvious that a lot people have been enslaved in previous times and then were saved. He has the ability to do this too. People have become mesmerized and enslaved,” Gokcek continued.
Since an attempted military coup in Turkey failed on July 15, over 13,000 people have been detained, and Turkey has stepped up calls for the US to extradite Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile there for decades.
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