Supporters of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have held protests outside the Pennsylvania home of exiled cleric Fetullah Gulen, accused of being behind Friday’s coup attempt in Turkey.
Carrying Turkish flags, the protesters called for Gulen to be deported Turkey.
President Erdogan in an address on Saturday to his supporters in Turkey, called on President Obama to extradite Gulen.
“After this coup attempt, once again I call on him (Barack Obama). I say: ‘Give this person in Pennsylvania to Turkey already.’ I call on the United States, if we are strategic partners, if we are model partners, please comply with your partner’s request because, we give you every terrorist you wanted from us,” President Erdogan said.
Fetullah Gulen leads a liberal Islamic transnational religious and social movement known as Hizmet.
The movement is active in education (up to university level) as well as other areas such as interfaith dialogue, humanitarian aid, media, finance and health.
Reports suggest 10 percent of the Turkish population support Hizmet, a movement President Erdogan has branded a terrorist organization.
Gulen has denied any involvement in the attempted coup, saying “there is a possibility that it could be a staged coup”.
He has urged the Turkish people not to view any military intervention in a positive light as democracy cannot be achieved through military action.
Turkish authorities have rounded up some 3,000 suspected military plotters and ordered the detention of thousands of judges after thwarting a coup by a faction of armed forces who tried to seize power on Friday using tanks and attack helicopters.