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20 more detained in Bursa, Antalya over Gülen links

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Twenty people were detained in Bursa and Antalya provinces on Friday as part of an investigation launched into the fait- based Gülen movement, Turkish media reported.

Eleven were detained in Bursa while nine were taken into custody in Antalya for using a smart phone application known as ByLock and having deposited money at Bank Asya, which was seized by government in 2015.

Turkish authorities believe ByLock is a communication tool among followers of the Gülen movement.

The Gülen movement is accused by the Turkish government of mounting a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The movement strongly denies any involvement.

A total of 62,895 people were detained in 2017 as part of the witch-hunt targeting the Gülen movement.

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Dec. 12 that 55,665 people had been jailed and 234,419 passports revoked as part of investigations into the movement since the failed coup.

Minister Soylu on Nov. 16 said eight holdings and 1,020 companies were seized as part of operations against the movement.

The Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 169,013 people have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15, 2016 through government decrees issued as part of an ongoing state of emergency.

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