27 more teachers detained in Kahramanmaraş as part of post-coup purge

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Twenty-seven teachers out of 29 for whom detention warrants were issued in Kahramanmaraş province were detained on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which Turkish authorities accuse of being behind a failed coup in July of last year.

While 27 of the suspects have been detained so far, police have yet to locate the remaining two who had earlier been dismissed from their positions.

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.

In a currently ongoing post-coup purge, over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of Feb. 1, 89,775 people were being held without charge, with an additional 43,885 in pre-trial detention.

Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. (Turkey Purge)

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