92 arrested, 144 detained over coup charges on Friday

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A huge cleansing of Turkey’s state and other institutions is continuing as people from all walks of life find themselves hunted down and taken into custody.

 

At least 92 people were arrested while 144 others were detained on Friday, according to Turkish news agencies.

 

Police carried out the operations in 28 provinces across Turkey. With most of the arrestees being aid organization personnel, those arrested over the past day also included state workers, police officers, academics, housewives, businesspeople, military officers and a jobless person.

 

Among those detained are court personnel, association staff, police officers and a district governor.

 

Meanwhile, a total of 52 staff members from Çanakkale 18 Mart University were dismissed from their posts over alleged links to the Gülen movement on Friday.

 

The victims of Friday’s operations carried out as part of the massive purge have been added to the already-enormous group of people who have been either detained or arrested since July 15.

 

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, which launched a war against the Gülen movement following the eruption of a corruption scandal in late 2013 in which senior government members were implicated, carried its ongoing crackdown on the movement and its sympathizers to a new level after a failed coup attempt on July 15 that killed 240 people and injured a thousand others.

 

Although the movement strongly denies having any role in the corruption probe or the coup attempt, the government accuses it of having masterminded both despite the lack of any tangible evidence.

 

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen called for an international investigation into the coup attempt, but President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and 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.

 

More than 100,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 70,000 detained and 32,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police officers, military personnel, doctors, court personnel and even a comedian.

 

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