A huge cleansing of Turkey’s state and other institutions is continuing as people from all walks of life find themselves being hunted down and taken into custody.
At least 288 people were arrested, while 457 others were detained over the past 5 days, according to Turkish news agencies.
Police carried out the operations in at least 21 provinces across Turkey. With most of the arrestees being military officers, those arrested over the past five days also included civil servants, police officers, academics and businessmen.
On Dec 27, İştar Gözaydın, a leading law professor, was arrested along with 7 other academics and staff from the now-closed Gediz University as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.
Gözaydın and her 13 were detained last week on Tuesday. Held under detention for the past seven days, Gözaydın was jailed with 7 others on accusation of membership to a terrorist organization while the remaining 6 were released on probation.
The 57-year-old academic served as the chairman of the university’s sociology department until she was suspended after the coup attempt. Days after suspension of many others, the university was ultimately shuttered on July 23.
On Dec 27, Police raided several locations across Turkey in line with detention warrants issued for 45 members of the Turkish Naval Forces for having a smart phone application named Bylock, which is considered a communication tool of the Gülen movement.
On Dec 26, the Turkish government launched an investigation into 433 performers of all types for their support of the academics who signed a declaration on Jan. 11, 2016 denouncing curfews imposed in predominantly Kurdish districts in Turkey’s Southeast.
On Dec 25, Şenol Buran, a tea-maker working at the Cumhuriyet daily’s İstanbul headquarters, has been arrested by a Turkish court for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Cumhuriyet daily reported.
Turkish police teams on Sunday detained five more journalists during simultaneous raids in İstanbul and Diyarbakır.
Pro-Kurdish Dicle news agency (DİHA) news manager Ömer Çelik was detained in Diyarbakır, while DİHA reporter Metin Yoksu and the Birgün daily’s accounting supervisor Mahir Kanaat were taken into custody in İstanbul.
One of the editors of the Diken news portal, Tunca Öğreten, was also among the detainees.
According to a news report on the DİHA website, Çelik’s house was raided by dozens of police officers in the early hours of Sunday. The house was turned upside down during the police search, and Çelik was subjected to maltreatment by the police during the raid.
The houses of Etkin News Agency (ETHA) journalists in İstanbul’s Beyoğlu district were also raided, and two computers belonging to the journalists were seized.
On Dec 24, trustees were appointed to Hizan, Mutki and Yolalan municipalities in the eastern province of Bitlis.
On Dec 24, an Ankara-based couple, who were earlier dismissed from their positions at Gazi University, have been detained along with their three kids in Edirne while they were on their way to escape to Greece.
Gendarmerie stopped a car on Keşan-Malkara highway after a phone call informed them about the family’s plan.
M.U. and his wife E.U., both associate professors, their three children aged between 4 to 7 and a smuggler was detained in the car.
On Dec 23, Fethiye Provincial Directorate of National Education and 5 other employees were arrested in Muğla as part of an investigation targeting the Gülen movement.
On Dec 23, an İstanbul court arrested Fatih Gürsul, an advisor to main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, on charges of using ByLock, a smart phone application that authorities claim is a communication tool between members of the Gülen movement.
On Dec 23, an İstanbul court issued an arrest warrant for former editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet daily and exiled journalist Can Dündar to compel his testimony in a trial concerning the now shut-down pro-Kurdish Özgür Gündem daily.