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The ATA-DC Board of Directors, together with millions in Turkey, watched the tragic events of last Friday in shock and with grave concern. We condemn the attempted military coup apparently initiated by a faction of the Turkish Armed Forces and are deeply saddened by the loss of many lives as a result. We call for all perpetrators, including killings of soldiers without trial, to be held accountable for their actions and fairly brought to justice.

The ATA-DC Board is committed to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's main principal for modern Turkey, “Sovereignty belongs unconditionally to the people". We believe that our beloved country will only thrive by embracing four pillars of democracy: the rule of law, equality, freedom of expression, and representation.

As the events are unfolding and the ongoing situation is still volatile, we call on our community to stay calm and unified against violence. Our ATA-DC family will stand strong for a secular and democratic Turkey.

We convey our deepest condolences to families and friends of the victims. In this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with Turkey and the Turkish people.


ATA-DC Board of Directors

"Peace at Home, Peace in the World" - Mustafa Kemal Atatürk