Twenty-one academics from Antalya’s Aladdin Keykubat University (ALKÜ) were detained as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt.

Accused of subscribing movement-affiliated newspapers and magazines; putting money into Bank Asya; teaching at institutions linked with the movement, detainees included lecturers and teaching assistants.

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 government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by Gülen. The movement strongly denies any involvement in the coup attempt.

Apart from detainments, some 19,800 academics have been dismissed, stripped of the right to teach at universities or have become unemployed due to the closure of their universities by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, BBC Turkish reported in late November, this year.