M. Emin Epçim, a 46-year-old teacher who was dismissed by a decree issued by the Turkish government in the aftermath of a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, died of heart attack at a construction site in Turkey’s Amasya district, pro-Kurdish HDP Deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu tweeted.

According to Gergerlioğlu, Epçim had been working at construcion sites to make a living since his dismissal from his job in 2016.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement. The movement denies any involvement.

The Turkish government has purged more than 150,000 state officials including judges, prosecutors, doctors, academics and teachers since the failed coup.

Dismissed or suspended civil servants have been prohibited from securing job in other public institutions, while many teachers’ diplomas were also cancelled. Since the majority of the private sector is concerned about government pressure, they prefer not to employ fired public workers.

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