Nineteen people including academics from Gaziosmanpaşa University were detained in the central province of Tokat on Friday due to alleged links to the Gülen movement.

The investigation into the 19 people is being carried out by the Tokat Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

The movement denies any involvement.

More than 135,000 people have been purged from state bodies, in excess of 90,000 detained and over 41,000 have been arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.

This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on Jan. 20.

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