Two couples were detained along with four children in Edirne while they were on their way to escape to Greece, on Monday.

Gendarmerie rounded up former Family Ministry employee B.K.; his wife, a former academic V.K; a former auditor at Labor Ministry, A.T; and his wife, a former doctor T.Ç. near Kadıdondurma village.

The four are reported to be among thousands of people who were dismissed from state institutions in the aftermath of July 15.

The couples’ four children were also detained along with a taxi driver who is suspected to be helping the families in their journey.

Asked by a journalist about the reason he was planning to escape Turkey, B.K said: “I am jobless, they do not give job to me.”

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 since a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup.

About 130,000 people have been purged from state bodies, 92,000 detained and 45,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and a comedian.

Several tips earlier submitted to Turkey Purge confirm that both private sector and public institution deny jobs to the people dismissed after July 15, fearing government pressure.