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Interior Ministry: 80 detained in one week due to social media posts

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The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday that at least 80 people were detained over the past week on charges of disseminating propaganda on social media on behalf of the Gülen movement, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The ministry said investigations were launched into 536 social media users and that 80 of them were detained between June 26 and July 3.

Meanwhile, the ministry also said 520 people were detained in the past week in police operations against the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

The movement strongly denies any involvement.

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