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Georgia: Turkey Pushes to Close “Terrorist” Gülen School

The Turkish consulate in Georgia’s Black Sea city of Batumi on July 18 announced that it would ask the Georgian government to close a local private school associated with Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, the man Ankara has accused of plotting the failed July 15 coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

In remarks to the Batumi broadcaster TV25, Consul Yasin Temizkan charged that the Refaiddin Şahin Friendship School, which teaches five to 12-year-old children, “is not serving the government; they’re serving terrorist groups.” The Gülen network, he claimed, uses such schools “to strengthen their own position.”

Temizkan said that he would petition Georgia’s education ministry “in the nearest future” to close the school. In the meantime, he called on parents to withdraw their children from the school.

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Georgia: Turkey Pushes to Close “Terrorist” Gülen School

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