Detention orders issued for 100 Gülhane Military Medical Academy (GATA) staff members in Ankara on suspicion of having links to the recent failed military coup attempt in Turkey, in the aftermath of which crackdown on various government bodies has escalated.
Turkish media reported that a number of doctors from GATA are also included in the 100 staff members for whom detention orders were issued on Tuesday.
The detention orders were reportedly issued on suspicion of membership in the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15..
A group of rebel soldiers, acting out of chain of command, attempted a military coup at around 10 p.m. on July 15, which left more than 200 people – including civilians – dead.
The Turkish government managed to suppress the coup attempt and launched a large-scale crackdown across the country on media, public servants, judges, prosecutors and teachers, along with rebels within the army. The detentions, arrests and massive purges that followed the crackdown widened and increased after a state of emergency was declared on July 20, concentrating power formally into the hands of the president by allowing him and his cabinet to make laws by fiat.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accussed the Gülen movement of being behind the coup attempt and demanded extradition of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen from the US. Thousands of public servants, judges, prosecutors and journalists were detained by the Turkish police for allegedly having links to the Gülen movement.
Meanwhile, Gülen recently issued a statement condemning the failed military coup attempt in Turkey, calling the allegations of his involvement “demeaning.”