Fikret Dogan jumps up to reenact what happened to him one afternoon at the end of July. The slender Mr. Dogan, 40, stands in front the person opposite him and pretends to grab their throat. That’s how the muscular guy bore down on him. “If I just go ‘snap’ you’re dead,” the man had said to him in Mr. Dogan’s own office at his car dealership in the picturesque German town of Velbert in the Bergisches Land hill range of North Rhine-Westphalia.
“Fetö Terrorist.” Fetö – the Turkish abbreviation for Fethullahistic Terror Organization — is how supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been referring to the movement of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen since the July 15 coup attempt.
Mr. Dogan works in a local association that supports Mr. Gülen, and he has been having sleepless nights as a result. He is on one of the lists of names of Gülen backers that are doing the rounds on WhatsApp. His group, Clavis, focuses on education and integration, organizes music lessons for children and German-language lessons for refugees. “Education and integration,” he repeats several times, clasping his hands in a desperate appeal, as if to say, how can that be a crime?