The Antifa movement in the United States and the Gülen movement have acted with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Syria, Turkish Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun told U.S. ambassador to Ankara David Satterfield.
During their phone conversation, Altun suggested links between the Antifa movement, a loosely organised collection of American anti-fascist activist groups that U.S. President Donald Trump wants to declare a terrorist organisation, and the Gülen movement (FETÖ), which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding Turkey’s failed 2016 coup attempt, according to a statement made by the Presidency Directorate of Communication.
“Communication Chair Altun reaffirmed that peaceful protest in democracies is a legitimate right and the violence is always illegitimate, and underlined that both FETÖ and the ANTIFA, which operate together with the YPG-PKK organisations in Syria, have supported the violence in United States,” said the statement carried by the State Anadolu Agency.
“Turkey continues to cooperate closely its friend and NATO ally, the United States, which it has on several occasions warned amicably about FETÖ and PKK-YPG terrorist organisations,” it said, referring to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey sees as part of the PKK.
Altun said his conversation with Satterfield revolved around the attacks on TRT World employees and other Turkish media outlets covering anti-racism riots in the United States.
At least three TRT world staffers were hit by police rubber bullets in Minnesota and Washington state during nationwide protests sparked by the death of an African-American man in Minneapolis police custody last Monday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Satterfield told Altun the United States was saddened by the events and assured that it would follow the issue, Gazete Duvar said.