674 detained over Gülen links in past week in Turkey

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At least 674 people were detained as part of an investigation into the faith-based Gülen movement over the past week.

In a written statement on Monday, the Interior Ministry said 674 people were rounded up in operations targeting the Gülen movement between Oct. 30 and Nov. 6.

The Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding a July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

The movement and Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish Islamic cleric who inspired it, deny any involvement.

Meanwhile, in a Çankırı-based investigation 15 women were detained by police in Çankırı, Ankara, İstanbul, Kahramanmaraş, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Samsun and Manisa provinces on Monday following the issuance of detention warrants by the Çankırı Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for 19 people over their alleged links to the Gülen movement, the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) reported.

More than 126,000 people have been detained and 55,000 arrested over ties to the movement since the summer of 2016.

The ministry’s statement also said 14 other suspects were detained over ties to what the government calls “radical leftist organizations.” (Turkey Purge)

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