13 academics detained in Bartın, Denizli

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Thirteen academics from Bartın and Pamukkale universities were detained on Wednesday as part of witch-hunt operations targeting the Gülen movement.

In Denizli, 47 people including police, school principals and teachers were also detained as part of the operations.

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have designated the Gülen movement, which runs charities, schools and businesses around the world, as a terrorist organization and have launched a widespread crackdown on suspected members since a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the putsch, although the movement denies any involvement.

A total of 81,494 people have been purged from state bodies, 40,029 detained and 20,355 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.

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