Decree reinstates 6,007 teachers purged following coup attempt

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A total of 6,007 teachers who were fired from their jobs in state schools following a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15 over alleged links to the Gülen movement were reinstated as part the latest decrees issued by the government.

According to the government decrees released on Tuesday, 6,007 teachers were reinstated in their former positions as of Friday.

The military coup attempt on July 15 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, whose views inspired the movement, and the movement having denied the accusation, Erdoğan 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 115,000 people have been purged from state bodies, in excess of 90,000 detained and over 39,000 have been arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. Critics argue that lists of Gülen sympathizers were drawn up prior to the coup attempt.

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