A huge cleansing of Turkey’s state and other institutions is continuing as people from all walks of life find themselves being hunted down and taken into custody.
According to Turkish news agencies, at least 88 people were arrested, while 76 others were detained on No 21, 2016.
Police carried out the operations in at least 20 provinces across Turkey. With most of the arrestees being police and military officers, those arrested over the past day also included businessmen, academics, and teachers.
As part of a post-coup-attempt purge, the Turkish government has dismissed 9,977 people from state institutions with new state of emergency decrees issued late on Monday. 1,988 of those are from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), and 7586 are from the Security General Directorate. In addition, another 5434 public servants have been suspended from duty with the new state of emergency decrees.
The gov’t decree also shut down another 9 local newspapers, 500 associations and foundations, as well as 19 medical institutions with the same decrees.
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. Despite Gülen and the movement having denied the accusation, Erdoğan and the government launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
Nearly 115,000 people have been purged from state bodies, some 75K detained and 35K arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. Critics argue that lists of Gülen sympathizers were arranged prior to the coup attempt.