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Source “Yesterday we were sitting together, today they call us terrorists. Immediately overnight they changed,” said an obviously distressed Turkish national during an interview with The Star at the Nizamiye Mosque Complex in Midrand, South Africa. Speaking on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals, the executive from the Horizon Education Trust was referring to the growing animosity between a majority of members of the Turkish community in South Africa and their embassy. The Horizon Education Trust, which runs Turkish schools in South Africa, is aligned with the Gülen movement. Started in 1960 by Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-exile in the US, the movement boasts a network of NGOs, schools and businesses. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime has accused this transnational, philosophy-based movement of attempting to remove him from power through a violent coup attempt in July 2016. The Gülen movement has repeatedly denied it was behind the attempted…

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