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 183 people were arrested while 49 others were detained on Saturday, according to Turkish news agencies.
Police carried out the operations in at least 20 provinces across Turkey. With most of the arrestees being police officers, those arrested over the past day also included small business owners, military officers, doctors, judges and prosecutors, university students and civil servants.
Among those detained are judges and prosecutors, police officers, lawyers, hospital personnel teachers, businessmen and a dormitory manager.
The victims of Saturday’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.
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.
Despite Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and the movement having denied the accusation, Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government launched 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 75,000 detained and 34,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors, housewives and even a comedian.
Critics argue that lists of Gülen sympathizers were drawn up prior to the coup attempt. (Turkey Purge)