The Turkish government has, so far, arrested at least 48,739 people over ties the Gulen movement, according to the Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.
During a budget speech on Wednesday, Soylu said 48,739 people have been arrested over affiliation to the movement.
Soylu’s count falls short of what international rights group like Human Rights Watch (HRW) puts forward with regards to the post-coup toll.
“Since the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, over 150,000 individuals have passed through police custody detained for crimes punishable under Turkey’s Anti-Terror Law. Courts subsequently remanded over 50,000 of them to prison,” HRW said in its report, titled “In Custody: Police Torture and Abductions in Turkey” on Oct 12.
Turkey Purge’s own count was around 61,200 at the time of this writing.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement while the latter denies involvement.
More than 150,000 people have been purged from state bodies apart from those imprisoned. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.