A 9-year-old girl was separated from her foster family as the adoptive father is being under investigation over his alleged links to the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt.

An official from Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policy in late November, 2016 told media that authorities may remove children from homes if their guardians are found to be supporters of the coup attempt. He/she said it would not be right for a child to remain with a foster family if links to “FETÖ,” a phrase used by the government to refer to the Gülen movement as a terror organization, are confirmed as a result of investigations. The movement denies accusations.

A video clip, recently shared on social media shows that the government has been walking talk in its crackdown against the movement. The adoptive mother tells during the video that her husband has been under pre-trial detention over Gulen ties for some time.

 

More than 130,000 people have been purged from state bodies, in excess of some 120,000 detained and over 50,000 have been arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. Critics argue that lists of Gülen sympathizers were drawn up prior to the coup attempt.