Recep Karaşal, a first lieutenant who was fired from his job following a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, has heavily been injured working on a construction site to make a living, his wife tweeted.
“I’m proud of my husband. He hasn’t had any ill-gotten gains. This is better than being called a thief,” she tweeted.
According to the media, Karaşal’s health condition is still critical. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a state hospital in Ankara.
Karaşal had reportedly spent nine months in prison following the coup attempt until he was released on pending trial in mid 2017.
More than 150,000 people have lost their jobs since the failed coup in 2016. Dismissed or suspended civil servants have been prohibited from securing jobs in other public institutions. Since most of the private sector is concerned about government retaliation, they prefer not to hire fired public workers.
In order to survive, many purged civil servants and others have become unregistered market vendors or laborers on farms, for construction companies and such.