A Kayseri court ruled on the arrest of 12 female teachers over their alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of to be behind the July 15 coup attempt, on Wednesday, March 8 or the Women’s Day.

21 female teachers were referred to court with arrest request on Tuesday. While 12 of them were arrested, the remaining eight were released on judicial control.

The suspects are accused of using ByLock mobile application, which the government claims to be the top communication tool among the followers of the movement.

Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock. Critics blast the government for detaining thousands simply for using a mobile application.