At least 2,000 visually-impaired people are among those who were dismissed from their jobs at public institutions, according to Amnesty International.
Beril Eski, a press coordinator at Amnesty International Turkey, told journalist Caglar Dilara on Tuesday that the government’s post-coup purge has hit disabled people among others.
“When it comes to the post-coup dismissals, people see it like only military officers, policemen, teachers were dismissed. However, dismissals are common for a wider circle. Hundreds of thousands of people including agricultural engineers, musicians, medical workers, prosecutors, judges and court clerks, academic personnel and technicians as well as their family members have been affected. Just to give an example, there are 2,000 visually impaired public employees among those dismissed,” Eski said.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Following the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group, initiating a widespread purge aimed at cleansing members of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
More than 511,000 people were detained and 150,000 people lost their jobs since the summer of 2016.