Ali Vuran, a former public worker who was dismissed from the Diyarbakir Municipality, said his cows were seized by the government.

Voice of America’s Turkish edition reported Sunday that Vuran started doing farming and husbandry after he was removed from the Diyarbakir municipality with a post-coup emergency decree.

Vuran has failed to avoid further persecution as the government cancelled his agricultural loan worth around TL 8,500 [$2,500] meanwhile seizing 5 cows he purchased after the dismissal.

“When they seized my agricultural support loan, I decided the sell off the cows, registered to the ministry with their ear tags. It turns out that a seizure was implemented on the ear tags of my 5 cows. I cannot sell them now,” Vuran said.

“I committed no offence and I have no criminal record. They victimize us. I cannot sell the cows and I cannot do anything else. They suspended my commercial ties,” he added.

Starting from the very aftermath of the failed putsch in the summer of 2016, the government has been wielding a sweeping crackdown against its dissidents including Gulenists, liberals, Kurdish minority and others from many opposition circles.

Dozens of Kurdish municipalities including Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality were taken over by the city governors.

More than 150,000 people have lost their jobs while some 60,000 people were remanded in prison over links to the Gulen movement since mid-2016.

The government blames the movement for the failed coup while the group denies involvement. Meanwhile, nearly 1,020 companies with a total value of $12 billion in assets have been seized and then transferred to the state-run Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) over Gulen ties.

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