A purge-victim Turkish woman tweeted a short video of her family walking into a river at the Greek-Turkish border in an attempt to flee Turkey via illegal means.
The family is believed to have been prosecuted by the Turkish government due to alleged membership to the Gulen group, accused of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement.
“My kids will never forget this day,” she said in her tweet.
— T Cetveli (@lawrenaya) June 20, 2021
Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup, while the movement denies any involvement.
Some 500,000 people have been investigated, and nearly 97,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and others have been put in pretrial detention since the coup attempt. Meanwhile, 150,000 people have lost their jobs in the government’s post-coup purge of state institutions.