Twelve people were detained in Turkey’s border province of Edirne while they were on their way to escape to the Greece, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday.
Detainees include four children, a teacher removed from his/her job and dismissed public servants who worked as rapporteurs at the Prime Ministry until they were sacked in the government’s post-coup crackdown. Anadolu said one of the suspects had had an outstanding arrest warrant on accusations of being the managing imam for the Gulen movement in Izmir province.
Gendarmerie rounded up the suspects near the Evros river and seized the boat they were going to cross the river aboard.
Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.
More than 126,000 people have been detained and some 56,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.
Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.