Leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has accused the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) of staging its own coup by arresting writers, journalists and military officers in a crackdown launched after a failed coup attempt on July 15.

Turkey experienced a military coup attempt on July 15, which claimed the lives of 240 people and injured a thousand others. The Turkish government, which launched a post-coup purge, has so far detained 82,000 people and arrested 35,000 others over coup charges. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors, housewives and even a comedian.

“They [the government] are putting journalists in jail. What did the journalists do? Did they kill someone or injure someone? [Writer] Necmiye Alpay was in jail during Sept.12 [1980 military coup]. She is in jail again today. [Jailed] Aslı Erdoğan is a writer who has an international reputation. The AK Party staged the coup, it has jailed journalists, writers and military officers,” said Kılıçdaroğlu, speaking at his party’s parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.

This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on October 25.