The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday that police teams have detained a total of 451 people in past 7 days due to alleged links to the Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a botched coup attempt last summer.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.
Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the group, repeatedly denied having any role in the failed coup, but President Erdoğan and his government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.