The Turkish government has issued two new state of emergency decrees, known as KHKs, dismissing 922 people including 120 academics from 28 state universities across Turkey.

With the dismissal of the academics, the total number of those purged since a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 has reached 8,391.

The new decrees, numbered 693 and 694, were published in the Official Gazette early on Friday morning.

The Turkish government has suspended or dismissed more than 146,000 people, including soldiers, judges, teachers, police officers and civil servants, since last year’s failed coup, through government decrees issued as part of a state of emergency.

At least 23,427 academics (BBC reports), 4,272 judges and prosecutors and 22,920 military personnel have been purged from their jobs due to their real or alleged links to the Gülen movement, accused by Turkish government of mounting the botched coup attempt, a claim the movement denies.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed 249 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.

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.

Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

 

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