At least 1,750 Gulen movement members have so far fled Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to Greece, according to pro-government daily newspaper Turkiye.
Turkiye said on Dec 21 that 1,750 Gulenists escaped from Turkey through Evros river in Edirne province or the islands off Turkey’s western coastline in 2017.
Having compiled data from Greek officials, Turkiye said 1,750 such people have claimed asylum in Greece.
Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.
Some 150,000 have lost their jobs, more than 126,000 have been detained and some 56,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.
Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.
A Turkish family of five drowned after their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea while en route to the Greek island of Lesvos in late November, this year.