A total of 1,576,566 people have been investigated over membership in so-called “terrorist” organizations in Turkey since July 2016, according to Mustafa Yeneroğlu, a politician from the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA).

In a live TV interview on Sunday, Yenerlioğlu said that the membership in an armed terrorist organization as defined in the Counterterrorism Law (TMK) and a controversial article of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) have been used by Turkish courts to suppress the opposition during the time in power of the Justice and Development Party (AKP),

“The lives of millions of people have been ruined. It is time to end this oppression,” Yenerlioğlu said.

Citing a recent report drafted by the DEVA party officials, Yeneroğlu said only between 2016 and 2019, Turkish prosecutors launched 1,367,733 investigations under Article 314 of the TCK.