Nobody has suffered from the post-coup emergency rule except for terrorist organisations and their members, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.
Speaking during a ceremony held for the start of the new legislative year in Parliament, Erdogan said the post-coup emergency rule hurt only terrorists.
“So far, except for terrorist organisations and their members, not a single person suffered from the State of Emergency,” the President said.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. The government along with Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
More than 150,000 people have lost their jobs mostly due to post-coup emergency decrees so far. The government has detained more than 126,000 people including teachers, state workers, academics, judges, prosecutors, judges, businessmen, lawyers and many others from different backgrounds over alleged or real links to the movement since the summer of 2016.
The movement denies involvement.
Nearly 40 people who or whose relatives have been affected by the post-coup purge, either by losing their jobs or by being arrested, due to their alleged links to the movement, have committed suicide so far.
Meanwhile, the government has also intensified pressure against the Kurdish minority. While Kurdish majority cities were turned upside down with consecutive military attacks, hundreds of Kurdish politicians were jailed. Hundreds of academics, teachers were also rounded up over broadened terror charges.
A total of 302 journalists have been arrested while some 185 of them still remain behind bars.