A prominent figure in advertising business and renowned for campaigns he launched for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Erol Olçak and his 16-year-old son were killed on Friday night after a small military junta linked to the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) staged a coup attempt.
Olçak and his son went to the Bosporus Bridge to protest after it was shut down by pro-coup soldiers. They were both shot to death by pro-coup soldiers who opened fire on civilians.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shared a very close relationship with Olçak. President Erdoğan attended his funeral ceremony that was held on Friday at the İlahiyat Mosque in Istanbul, where he shared a few emotional words, breaking into tears during his short farewell speech.
Olçak had made a commercial film about a similar situation in Turkey where the people came together to raise back the nation’s flag. The commercial is almost a foreshadowing of the coup attempt thwarted by the people.
At least 2,839 pro-coup members of the military, including 29 colonels and over 40 generals, were detained across Turkey.
Turkey’s top judicial body HSYK also ordered the detention of 2,745 Gülen-linked judges and prosecutors on Saturday while two members of the Constitutional Court were detained for involvement in the coup attempt.
As a result of the attempted coup, 161 people were killed, including 41 police officers and 47 civilians, while 1,440 others were injured and some 104 pro-coup figures were also killed.