A total of 10 staff members working at a state hospital in Merzifon were detained on Sept. 1 as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, while at the same time hundreds of people were “executing” a likeness of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen in the district.
Turkish police reportedly launched simultaneous raids on eight houses in Merzifon over suspected links to a failed military coup attempt. Speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, a source told Turkey Purge that arrest warrants were issued for a total of 20 staff members at the district’s state hospital, of whom 10 were detained.
It was also reported that while the detentions were under way, a pro-government crowd in the district took to the streets with Turkish flags in a move similar to ones seen across the country on the night of the July 15 failed coup attempt and protested the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt. The mob proceeded to “execute” a likeness of Gülen.