Last summer, a failed military coup in Turkey left at least 249 people dead. In the months since, the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has tried to silence his opposition—largely by putting them in jail. Over the past year, the Turkish government has detained more than 100,000 people. Erdogan’s government has accused many of these prisoners of being followers of religious leader Fethullah Gulen, the man the blames for organizing the coup. In Turkey, the crackdown has spread rampant fear among Erdogan’s critics. But in the United States, it’s inspired one follower of Gulen to become a new and unlikely voice of dissent.
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