Culture and Tourism Ministry suspends 110 personnel over attempted coup

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Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry authorities have informed that 110 of its public servants were suspended from duty as part of a series of government-led purges of those who allegedly have links to the July 15 failed coup attempt.

It was also stated by the ministry that the number of suspended personnel might increase as the investigation into the failed coup attempt continues.

A group of rebel soldiers, acting out of chain of command, attempted a military coup at around 10 p.m. last Friday, with tanks rolling onto the streets of Ankara and İstanbul and soldiers blocking the Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. The military’s claim of a takeover was announced by the state broadcaster TRT after rebel soldiers raided its building. The anchorwoman said the military imposed martial law and declared a curfew until further notice.

Hundreds of people, including civilians, were killed in clashes between police and rebel soldiers overnight. The Parliament, the presidential palace and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) headquarters were struck by military helicopters.

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. Massive purges as well as many detentions and arrests continues to follow the failed coup attempt and the state of emergency, which was declared on July 20.

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