A total of 45 people including teachers and academics were taken into custody as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, on Wednesday.
The state-run Anatolian Agency reported that 15 academics who had been earlier sacked by universities on suspicion of links to the movement were detained in a Bartın-based operation that included police raids in Karabük, Isparta and Kocaeli provinces.
Meanwhile, 30 other academics and teachers were detained in a separate investigation into the movement in the central Anatolian province of Çorum the same day.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement. Despite Gülen and the movement having denied the accusation, Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
More than 115,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 80,000 detained and some 40,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. Critics argue that lists of Gülen sympathizers were arranged prior to the coup attempt