Turkish government’s crackdown expands to Turkey’s countryside as authorities has recently dismissed a total of 52 teachers, 15 doctors in Turkish district of Merzifon as part of an investigations into the coup attempt of July 15.

According to local media outlets, Merzifon police also arrested 22 businessmen over alleged Güen links over the weekend.

This is not the first time civilians arrested by police in the district. On Sept 1, a total of 10 staff members working at a state hospital in Merzifon were detained as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, while at the same time hundreds of people were “executing” a likeness of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen in the district.

Turkish police reportedly launched simultaneous raids on eight houses in Merzifon in wee hours of Sept 1 over suspected links to a failed military coup attempt. Speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, a source told Turkey Purge that arrest warrants were issued for a total of 20 staff members at the district’s state hospital, of whom 10 were detained.