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Fethullah Gulen: Birthplace of alleged Turkey coup leader to be turned into public toilet

The birthplace of Fethullah Gulen, the cleric accused of leading the failed Turkish coup, is to be turned into a public toilet.

Writer, minister and political figure Gulen is currently living in exile in Pennsylvania, US, but was born in a single-story house in the Turkish village of Korucuk, in the central province of Erzurum.

Since the attempted coup on July 15, hundreds of books written by Mr Gulen have reportedly been dumped in streets, rivers and skips, with Turkish CNN reporting that one local imam was detained for burning some of them.

According to pro-government media platform Beyaz Gazete, Mr Gulen’s childhood home will be turned into a public toilet at the request of local villagers.

Upon hearing of the plans from a source, journalist Latif Simsek said: “I thought he was kidding [but] then I called Erzurum Metropolitan Mayor, Mehmet Sekman”.

Mr Gulen, who leads the global  political movement Hizmet from the US, is a long-term critic and known rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He was accused by Ankara of orchestrating the military coup attempt, but firmly denied involvement.

Turkish authorities are said to have sacked, suspended or detained around 60,000 people with suspected links to the Gulen movement following accusations that Mr Gulen may be responsible for the failed coup.

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