Six people were detained in Turkey’s border province of Edirne while they were reportedly fleeing Turkish government’s post-coup witch-hunt to Greece.
Hurriyet newspaper said Tuesday that the group of 6, rounded up along with Syrian and Afghan aslum seekers, were caught in a military zone near Edirne’s Pasakoy village. The Turkish detainees include a university student and a teacher who were earlier dismissed from his/her job over links to the Gulen movement.
All six had outstanding arrest warrants over Gulen links prior to their escape attempt, Hurriyet said.
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.
More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 80,000 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.
On Feb 13, at least three people died and five others were missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape a post-coup crackdown in Turkey.