An İstanbul woman reacted angrily to police officers who tried to intervened in their protest against husband’s dismissal as part of Turkish government’s post-coup witch-hunt.
In a video footage released on social media on March 6, a group of police officers in plain clothes are seen trying to detain S.Y., and his wife and, three kids for protesting his recent dismissal in front of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
Officers fled the area only after the woman reacted strongly in rage.
Turkey experienced a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
Although the movement strongly denies having any role in the putsch, the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
In the currently ongoing post-coup purge, over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of March 1, 93,248 people were being held without charge, with an additional 46,274 in pre-trial detention.
A total of 7,316 academics were dismissed and 4,070 judges and prosecutors were purged over alleged coup involvement or terrorist links.