Twenty-five teachers were detained in Samsun province on Thursday over links to the Gülen group, İHA reported.

According to the report, two of the 25 were still teaching, while the rest had previously been dismissed as part of an investigation targeting the Gülen group launched following a failed coup in 2016.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the AKP government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.

Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the group, denied having any role in the failed coup, but President Erdoğan and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the group from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

A total of 62,895 people were detained in 2017 as part of a widespread investigation targeting the group.

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Dec. 12 that 55,665 people had been jailed and 234,419 passports revoked as part of investigations into the movement since the failed coup.

Minister Soylu on Nov. 16 said eight holdings and 1,020 companies were seized as part of operations against the group.

The Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 169,013 people have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15, 2016 through government decrees issued as part of an ongoing state of emergency.

According to Ministry of Justice data, there are currently 384 prisons with a capacity of 207,279 in Turkey; however, the total number of inmates was 228,983 as of October 2017.

The Ministry of Justice plans to build 228 new prisons with a capacity of 137,687 in the next five years.

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