Murat Kılınç, a purge-victim history teacher who was fired from his job with a gov’t decree issued after a coup attempt in 2016, died on Tuesday due to complications from COVID-19.

Mr. Eken was reportedly accused of having links to the Gulen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.

His wife was also accused of similar charges. She had reportedly spent some 2 years in a prison.

Kılınç had been working at construction sites to make a living since his dismissal from his job in 2016.

In order to survive, many purged civil servants and others have become unregistered market vendors or laborers on farms, for construction companies and such.

Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on followers of the Gulen group under the pretext of an anti-coup fight as a result of which more than 150,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 50,000 others were jailed and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.