I pray the Turkish government responds to this crisis wisely. I pray they take it as an opportunity to reaffirm democratic, pluralist principles in service to all people of Turkey of whatever political leaning or belief, and not as an opportunity to consolidate power. This is an opportunity to carry the people with it.

The coup surprised a lot of people. But the people’s reactions surprised even more. In one night the Turkish people showed the world their love for their homeland.