Nobody hurt by emergency rule except terrorists, says Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses to the Turkish members of the parliament during the opening of the third legislative session of the 26th term at the Turkish National Assembly (TBMM) in Ankara, Turkey on October 1, 2017. Kayhan Ozer / Anadolu Agency

Nobody has suffered from post-coup emergency rule except for terrorist organizations and their members, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

Speaking during a ceremony held for the start of the new legislative year in Parliament, Erdogan said post-coup emergency rule has hurt only terrorists.

“So far, except for terrorist organizations and their members, not a single person has suffered from the state of emergency,” the president said.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. The government along with Erdoğan pinned the blame on the faith-based Gülen movement. The movement denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people have lost their jobs mostly due to post-coup emergency decrees. The government has detained more than 126,000 people including teachers, state workers, academics, judges, prosecutors, judges, businessmen, lawyers and many others from different walks of life over alleged or real links to the movement since the summer of 2016.

Nearly 40 people who or whose relatives have been affected by the post-coup purge, either by losing their jobs or by being arrested, due to their alleged links to the movement have committed suicide.

Meanwhile, the government has also increased its pressure on the Kurdish minority. While Kurdish cities were turned upside down by consecutive military attacks, scores of Kurdish politicians were jailed. Hundreds of academics and teachers were also rounded up on expanded terror charges.

A total of 302 journalists have been arrested, and 185 of them still remain behind bars. (Turkey Purge)

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