A Turkish teacher who was arrested by police on June 4 for providing online tutoring services to students, was set free on June 9 after spending almost five days in custody, according to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a pro-Kurdish deputy.
The woman, named Narin Ulutepe, was fired from her job with a gov’t decree in the aftermath of a coup attempt in 2016. She was 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.