At least 15 people were detained while they were allegedly on their way to flee Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to Greece, media said on Dec 10.
Dogan news agency said gendarmerie stopped three cars near Büyükdoğanca neighborhood in Edirne, Turkey’s border province with Greece and rounded up 15 passengers on suspicion of attempting to illegally exit Turkey.
Among the detainees are 2 children, 3 teachers, a university student, a housewife and a former public servant who was removed from his/her job over alleged ties to the Gulen movement.
Anadolu said some of the suspects were earlier blacklisted for their alleged use of ByLock, a smartphone chatting app that Turkish government claims to be the top communication tool among supporters of the Gulen movement.
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.