A huge cleansing of Turkey’s state and other institutions is continuing as people from all walks of life find themselves being hunted down and taken into custody.
At least 85 people were arrested, while 83 others were detained over the past 24 hours, according to Turkish news agencies. Meanwhile, Mustafa Birincioğlu, executive assistant of Aydın Police Department was suspended, on Sunday.
Police carried out the operations in 13 provinces across Turkey. With most of the arrestees being former personnel of Turkey’s Council of State, those arrested over the past day also included police and military officers, lawyers and prison staff.
Among the detainees are faculty members, police officers and public servants.
The victims of Sunday’s operations carried out as part of the massive purge have been added to the already-huge group of people who have been either detained or arrested since July 15.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt that killed over 240 people and wounded a thousand others, on July 15. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with 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.
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.