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28 more dismissed teachers detained over Gülen links

In a series of police operations conducted in Turkey on Thursday morning, 28 previously dismissed teachers were detained over links to the Gülen movement.

Detention warrants were issued for a total of 33 teachers in Kahramanmaraş and nearby provinces.

Tens of thousands of teachers were dismissed overnight by decrees following a coup attempt Turkey experienced on July 15, 2016.

The government holds the faith-based Gülen (Hizmet) movement responsible for the coup and has been conducting an unprecedented crackdown against its real and perceived sympathizers.

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 March 1, 93,248 people were being held without charge, with an additional 46,274 in pre-trial detention.

A total of 7,316 academics have been dismissed and 4,070 judges and prosecutors purged over alleged coup involvement or terrorist links.

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