Child with fever denied treatment as father under arrest over Gülen links

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A three-year-old child with high fever has been denied treatment at a hospital since his father was arrested over alleged links to the Gülen movement, leading to a suspension of the child’s eligibility to access the nationwide social security system.

In a speech during budget talks in Parliament, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Mehmet Bekaroğlu said: “A three-year-old child with a temperature of 40°C goes to a hospital and is denied treatment, being told, ‘Your father was arrested over FETÖ [links] and you are done with the SGK [Social Security Institution]’.”

FETÖ –- short for Fethullahist Terrorist Organization -– is a derogatory term coined by the government to label the movement inspired by the teachings of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen as terrorist without any court verdict to that effect.

The government blames the movement for a July 15 coup attempt while the latter denies any involvement.

Nearly 80,000 people have been detained and 40,000 arrested over real or alleged ties to the movement since July 15.

Some pro-government business owners earlier refused to serve people with ties to the movement, media reported. (TurkeyPurge)

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