Since the 2016 coup attempt, Erdogan has been effectively running a reverse coup.
Followers of Gülen have been rooted out of all levels of the state — the government claimed that 70,000 were processed as part for their involvement with the coup attempt. The government also released nearly 40,000 prisoners to make room for those arrested for their perceived roles in the coup — a group of people who are disproportionately Gülen supporters.
Supporters of Gülen and critics of Erdogan living abroad, like Kanter, who called Erdogan “The Hitler of our century” in a video posted to Twitter from Romania today, have seen their passports revoked without warning or given reason. The government revoked the passports of 50,000 after the coup and have not stopped revoking (it’s gone in waves) since.
Kanter, again, leaves no room for interpretation when it comes to his pro-Gülen, anti-Erdogan stance. His family has disowned him — perhaps through political pressure — for that support. In a tweet following his family’s disowning, Kanter signed a statement with the name Enes Gülen.