10 arrested in Manisa for aiding families of jailed Gülen followers

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Ten out of 33 people who were detained in the western Turkish province of Manisa in early July have been arrested for providing aid to the families of alleged Gülen movement followers, Kronos news reported.

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and labels it a “terrorist organization,” although the movement strongly denies involvement in the coup attempt or any terrorist activity.

The detention warrants were issued for the 33 people by the Manisa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on allegations that they provide food and financial assistance to the families of jailed Gülen followers.

The remaining detainees were released on judicial probation.

Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on followers of the movement under the pretext of an anti-coup fight as a result of which more than 150,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 30,000 others were jailed and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.

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