Turkey’s Interior Ministry is poised to dismiss 6,800 police officers, over their alleged ties to then Gülen Movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, in a new decree to be issued under emergency rules.
According to Milliyet daily, the ministry has recently prepared a new list of police officers suspected of being Gülenist.
The decree, if issued, will be the second wave of the government crackdown on the police department in which 2,360 officers were sacked by a previous decree announced under the State of Emergency in mid-August.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt that killed over 240 people and wounded a thousand others, on July 15. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement and launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
Some 82,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 40,000 detained and 20,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.