Turkey’s ambassador to Cambodia, İlhan Tuğ has asked authorities in the Asian country to close down education institutions affiliated with the Gulen Movement, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.
According to state-run Anadolu Agency correspondents in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Tuğ officially demanded from Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry Prak Sokhon to clamp down on such schools during a between between the two on August 22.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt that killed over 240 people and wounded a thousand others, on July 15. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement without credible evidence.
The movement’s denial involvement has failed to prevent government from closing 1,284 schools, universities and dormitories across Turkey.
Moreover, some 82,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 40,000 detained and 20,000 arrested since the coup attempt since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.