Usak University has laid off 9 academics as part of Turkish government’s widening crackdown after the failed military coup attempt.

Deputy rector Sayin Dalkiran told Turkish media that 9 academics including docents, lecturers and research assistants were laid off over their alleged links to the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

The Turkish government managed to suppress the coup attempt and launched a large-scale crackdown across the country on media, public servants, judges, prosecutors and teachers, along with rebels within the army.

The detentions, arrests, dismissals and massive purges that followed the crackdown widened and increased after a state of emergency was declared on July 20, concentrating power formally into the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by allowing him and his cabinet to make laws by fiat.