The governor’s office in Antalya announced on Friday that a total of 1,515 people have been arrested as part of a purge of the Gülen movement since a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
The majority of the arrestees are from the education and police departments and includes academics from Antalya Akdeniz University as well.
Over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement since the coup attempt, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10.
As of March 23, 94,982 people were being held without charge, with an additional 47,128 in pre-trial detention due to their alleged links to the movement. A total of 7,317 academics were purged as well as 4,272 judges and prosecutors, who were dismissed due to alleged involvement in the July 15 coup attempt.