In post-coup crackdown Turkey orders 152 detentions over Gülen links in one day

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Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday ordered the detention of 152 people in a massive post-coup crackdown targeting followers of the faith-based Gülen movement.

Turkey accuses the movement of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt, although it strongly denies any involvement.

Since the failed coup some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism, while large-scale detentions have been regularly carried out.

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for 46 people over alleged Gülen links, accusing the suspects of using ByLock, a smartphone application believed to have been used among the Gülen movement followers for communication.

The prosecutor’s office announced on Tuesday that 39 of the suspects had been detained, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

In a separate investigation the Ankara prosecutor ordered the detention of 50 military members and three civilians over alleged Gülen ties.

The soldiers are accused of using payphones to maintain their affiliation with the movement, while the civilians were accused of being contact persons inside the movement.

The Konya Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 53 individuals accused of serving as high-ranking members of the Gülen movement.

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