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 451 people were arrested, while 889 others were detained over the past 8 days, according to Turkish news agencies.
Police carried out the operations in at least 52 provinces across Turkey. With most of the arrestees being academic personnel, those arrested over the past day also included civil servants, police officers, businessmen, teachers and engineers.
Meanwhile, with new state of emergency decrees issued on Friday, the Turkish government has shut a total of 83 more associations operating in various regions of Turkey, dismissed 149 soldiers from the naval forces, 164 from the air force and 649 academics are from universities.
According to the tree new decrees, numbered 679, 680 and 681, a total of 838 civil servants are dismissed from the Ministry of Health, 2687 police officers as well as 8 staff of the Council of State, while police is now given access to the identity information of the internet subscribers.
On Jan. 5, detention warrants were issued for a total of 380 businessmen on the grounds that they provided financial support to the Gülen movement, which the AKP gov’t accuses of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15.
On Jan. 5, detention warrants were issued for the wives of 105 military officers as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement.
On Jan 5, a total of 24 academics from the Manisa-based Celal Bayar University were detained as part of an ongoing investigation on the Gülen movement.
On Jan3, the Turkish Parliament approved an extension of emergency rule a further three months, effective from Jan. 19.
On Jan 2, outspoken fashion designer Barbaros Şansal was beaten up by an angry mob who gathered at an Istanbul Airport tarmac in protest of a controversial video Şansal posted on the New Year’s Eve.
On Jan 2, state-run Anadolu news agency reported that Turkish prosecutors are seeking 15-year jail sentences for a Turkish dentists who reportedly provided dental treatment for Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen several times in the past.