A Turkish teacher who was fired from her job with a gov’t decree in the aftermath of a coup attempt in 2016, has been taken into custody by police for providing online tutoring services to students, according to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a pro-Kurdish deputy.
At the time of writing, the woman, named Narin Ulutepe, has completed her second day police in custody. She is reportedly accused of having links to the Gulen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement.
According to the the Turkish media, Ulutepe’s husband has also been in prison for over 5 years over similar charges.
Following a coup attempt in 2016, the Turkish government has purged more than 145,000 state officials including judges, prosecutors, doctors, academics and teachers as part of the witch-hunt targeting the Gülen group.
Dismissed civil servants have been prohibited from securing another job in public institutions. Since a majority of the private sector is concerned about government pressure, they prefer not to employ fired public workers.
In order to survive, many dismissed civil servants and others have become unregistered market vendors or laborers on farms, for construction companies and the like.