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Turkish Gov’t Detains About 6,000 People Over Alleged Gülen Links In Last Two Months

The Turkish Interior Ministry has announced on Monday that 2,589 people have been detained in November due to alleged links to the Gülen movement bringing the total number of people detained in the October-November period to 5,747.

At least 663 people have been detained in the last week alone, according to the ministry, which had also announced on Nov. 20 that 666 people were detained the previous week.

A total of 3,158 people were detained in October in a witch-hunt targeting the Gülen movement.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Amid an ongoing witch-hunt targeting the faith-based Gülen movement, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Nov. 16 said 48,739 people had been jailed and eight holdings and 1,020 companies seized as part of operations against the movement.

Soylu also said 215,092 people had been listed as using a smart phone application known as ByLock and that 23,171 have been detained over use of the application so far.

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

Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 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 through government decrees issued as part of the state of emergency. (turkishminute.com)

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