At least 127,000 public servants have been dismissed from state bodies, while around 146,000 have been investigated either over alleged involvement in a coup attempt on July 15, or having links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the attempted coup.
According to the pro-government daily Sabah, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a “national mobilization” in the aftermath of the coup attempt, the Turkish government has begun to “cleanse state institutions of Gülenists and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-affiliated people.”
“In the past six months, 97,000 affiliated with the Gülen movement have been permanently dismissed, while another 30,000 have been suspended. Therefore, the total number of those purged has to date reached 127,000. The number of those arrested over Gülen links is around 40,000. Around 19,000 people suspended have been reinstated to their positions,” the daily reported.
According to the daily, at least 3,000 people have so far been dismissed over their affiliation with the PKK.
“However, this number is likely to soon reach 10,000,” the report predicted.
“According to data released by the Finance Ministry, TL 225 million has been frozen and the assets of around 3,000 people have been seized by order of Turkish courts since the coup attempt. A total of 2,350 workplaces and 4,350 private entities were shut down and all of them were transferred to the state Treasury,” the daily added.