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CHP deputy says government blacklisting dismissed Gülen supporters

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Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Bursa deputy Ceyhun İrgil has said the Turkish government is blacklisting employees who worked at places closed down by government decree and employees who were fired by their employers due to alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, accused of mounting a coup attempt in Turkey last year.

According to a Kronos website report on Monday, İrgil said the Ministry of Labor and Social Security added a code called the “36 code” to identify people accused of Gülen links.

İrgil said employees of educational institutions that were closed down by government decree were also similarly blacklisted.

“This code is registered in the social security accounts of all employees of educational institutions that were opened with permission from the government and were operating under government control until they were closed down by KHKs [government decrees],” said İrgil.

While many people are unaware of the code registered in their social security accounts, employers reject people based on the “36 code.”

Criticizing the blacklisting of people about whom there are no allegations of crime, İrgil called on the government to announce the number of people who had been blacklisted because, he said, it is an official blacklisting operation.

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