A 3-year-old boy was separated from his foster family as the adoptive parents were removed from their public jobs over his alleged links to the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt.
Euronews spoke with a couple who was separated from their child due to the parents’ alleged links to the movement, on Apr 19. Euronews did not provided identities of the family.
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Why does the government separate children from their foster families?
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
More than 150,000 people have been purged from state bodies, in excess of some 511,000 detained and over 100,000 have been arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.
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.