The total number of Turkish citizens who have faced investigations between 2016 and 2018 on terror and coup linked charges reached 1,056,000, according to a former Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy.

“Despite the destruction, declaring opponents as terrorists is simply an act of hostile aggression. Between 2016 and 2018, 1,056 million people have faced terror investigation. How sustainable is this abdication of reason?” tweeted Mustafa Yeneroğlu, a lawyer and an independent deputy who resigned from the AKP in late 2019.

Yeneroğlu also released a report in which he discussed how the Turkish government “has gone outside the law” in the trials of followers of the Gülen movement and with the expulsion of thousands of public servants from their jobs in the aftermath of a failed coup in July 2016.

Yeneroğlu announced his resignation from the AKP in late 2019. The deputy said during an interview in October 2019 that he would not continue to stay in a place where he is not wanted, adding: “It is impossible for me to stay in place where my principles are not valid, but I’m sure that a majority of the people in the AKP think no differently than me.”

Turkey survived a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 following which the AKP government declared a state of emergency and launched a massive crackdown on the alleged or real followers of the Gülen movement.

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding the failed coup and labels it a “terrorist organization named Fetö.” The movement denies involvement in the coup attempt or any terrorist activity.