Thirty-one people were arrested and eight more were released in condition of judicial control as part of government-led operations targeting Gülen movement in Konya on Thursday.
As part of an investigation by Konya Public Prosecutor’s Office, 39 people were detained in several police operatios after 18 August. A Konya court ruled for the arrest of 31 and released 8 others pending trial on Thursday.
All suspects were accused of being a member of a terrorist organization which allegedly tried to topple down the government with a coup in July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement and launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
Despite Gülen himself disowned and condemned the coup attempt, a massive purge continues to hunt down hundreds of people from all walks of life. Some 82,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 40,000 detained and 20,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.