A Turkish teacher, identified with initials T.A., was sent to prison on Monday over alleged links to the Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement.

The purge-victim teacher was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison by a Muğla court.

Following a coup attempt in 2016, the Turkish government has purged more than 145,000 state officials including judges, prosecutors, doctors, academics and teachers as part of the witch-hunt targeting the Gülen group.

Dismissed civil servants have been prohibited from securing another job in public institutions. Since a majority of the private sector is concerned about government pressure, they prefer not to employ fired public workers.

In order to survive, many dismissed civil servants and others have become unregistered market vendors or laborers on farms, for construction companies and the like.