With new state of emergency decrees issued early on Friday, the Turkish government has dismissed a total of 922 public servants from public service.
According to the decrees, 142 from Justice Ministry, 29 from Interior Ministry, 19 from Defense Ministry and 120 academics from universities were dismissed from profession.
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 (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
Since then, the Turkish gov’t has dismissed more than 146,000 people, including soldiers, judges, teachers, police officers and civil servants, since July 15 through government decrees issued as part of state of emergency.
Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the movement, repeatedly denied having any role in the failed coup, but President Erdoğan and his government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ announced on July 7, 2017 that at least 50,504 people have been arrested and 168,801 are the subject of legal proceedings.