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Turkey seals off Democratic Arabs Association, closed by latest gov’t decree

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Turkish police on Monday sealed off the building of the Democratic Arabs Association in the southeastern province of Mardin which was closed down by a recent government decree after prosecutors claimed that they were linked to terrorist organizations or groups deemed to be acting against “national interests.”

Eighty-three associations and foundations in 20 provinces were closed down by three government decrees on Jan. 6.

Eight sports clubs, including two associations affiliated with football teams from Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish province of Şırnak — Şırnak Belediyesi Spor Kulübü Derneği and 73 Cizre Spor Kulübü Derneği — were also among the foundations closed down on Friday by government decrees.

The government issued three post-coup decrees dismissing thousands more people from state positions as well as shutting down a number of institutions. (Turkey Purge)

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