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 125 people were arrested, while 221 others were detained over the past 3 days, according to Turkish news agencies.
Police carried out the operations in at least 19 provinces across Turkey. With most of the arrestees being civilians, those arrested over the past 72 hours also included pro-Kurdish politicians, civil servants, police officers, military members and businessmen.
On Dec 20, Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) suspended 96 judges and prosecutors due to alleged links to the Gülen movement, according to a statement from the deputy chairman of the HSYK, Mehmet Yılmaz.
On Dec 21, three district mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the eastern province of Bitlis arrested as part of an ongoing terrorism probe.
Hizan Mayor İhsan Uğur, Mutki Mayor Özcan Birlik and Yolalan Mayor Felemez Aydın were detained as part of an operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), according to a statement from the Bitlis Governor’s Office.
On Dec 21, Turkey’s Education Ministry permanently dismissed a total of 62 teachers from profession, and suspended 1,980 staff members due to alleged links to the Gülen movement, , which the government accuses of being behind a failed coup attempt on July 15.