The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday that 400 people have been detained in one week due to their alleged links to the Gülen movement, accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a botched coup attempt last summer.
At least 400 were detained in operations targeting the movement between Aug 21 and 28, according to the ministry’s statement. The ministry also said another 14 were detained in operations against what the government calls leftist terrorist organizations. Meanwhile, 6 people were taken into custody due to their social media posts in the past week.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement. The movement denies involvement.
Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.