Malatya police rounded up 16 teachers who were earlier dismissed from their positions as part of the government witch hunt against the Gülen movement, accused to be behind July 15 coup attempt.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Since July 15, Turkey has detained over 92,500 people and jailed in excess of 46,000, primarily over links to the Gülen movement and on charges of terrorism and coup plotting.