12,800 po­lice suspended; Kur­dish TV raided

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

ANKARA (AP): AU­THOR­I­TIES ON Tues­day suspended some 12,800 po­lice of­fi­cers from duty over their sus­pected links to US-based Mus­lim cleric Fethul­lah Gulen as Turkey pressed ahead with its vast crack­down on a net­work it says is be­hind the coun­try’s July 15 failed mil­i­tary coup.

Mean­while, a pro-Kur­dish tele­vi­sion sta­tion said po­lice raided its head­quar­ters in Is­tan­bul and forced it off the air fol­low­ing an or­der last week for it to be shut down.

Both moves came a day af­ter Turkey an­nounced it was ex­tend­ing by three more months a state of emer­gency it de­clared in the af­ter­math of the failed coup. The ex­ist­ing dec­la­ra­tion has aroused fears that the gov­ern­ment is us­ing its emer­gency pow­ers to clamp down on crit­ics.

In a brief state­ment posted on its web­site Tues­day, the Turk­ish po­lice head­quar­ters said the suspended of­fi­cers were al­legedly “in co­he­sion with or con­nected to” Gulen’s move­ment. It said 2,523 of them were po­lice chiefs.

The state of emer­gency, de­clared on July 20, al­lows the gov­ern­ment to rule through de­crees. Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple have been dis­missed or suspended from gov­ern­ment jobs in the mil­i­tary, po­lice, judiciary and the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry since it was im­posed.

Around 32,000 peo­ple al­legedly con­nected to the failed takeover at­tempt have been ar­rested, in­clud­ing dozens of jour­nal­ists em­ployed by Gulen-linked news out­lets.

Au­thor­i­ties have closed schools, char­i­ties, foun­da­tions and med­i­cal es­tab­lish­ments associated with the move­ment and also ap­pointed trus­tees to man­age Gu­len­linked busi­nesses.

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