Tur­key sus­pends 1,218 mi­li­ta­ry po­li­ce of­fi­cers over al­le­ged coup links

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

TUR­KEY - Hund­reds of mi­li­ta­ry po­li­ce of­fi­cers ha­ve been sus­pen­ded in Tur­key over al­le­ged links to Ju­ly’s at­temp­ted coup.

Ac­cor­ding to sta­te-run news ag­en­cy Ana­do­lu, 1,218 per­son­nel from the Gen­dar­me­rie ha­ve been re­mo­ved from their po­si­ti­ons for al­le­ged ties to FETO, the mo­ve­ment alig­ned with US-ba­sed cle­ric Fet­hul­lah Gu­len, who Tur­key bla­mes for the fai­led coup. It is esti­ma­ted mo­re than 100,000 govern­ment em­ploy­ees ha­ve been sus­pen­ded or dis­mis­sed in the last four months.

An in­ten­se crack­down on govern­ment cri­tics and tho­se with al­le­ged ties to ei­ther Gu­len or Kur­dish groups has seen thou­sands of tea­chers sus­pen­ded, pu­blic ser­vants sack­ed, and jour­na­lists de­tai­ned and me­dia or­ga­ni­za­ti­ons shut down.

This week, 13 jour­na­lists we­re de­tai­ned in a raid on the Istan­bul of­fi­ces of news­pa­per Cum­hu­riy­et.

Ac­cor­ding to Ana­do­lu, Tur­kish po­li­ce al­so searched the hou­ses of two other jour­na­lists.

Istan­bul’s chief pro­se­cu­tor has said the jour­na­lists de­tai­ned Mon­day we­ren’t just ac­cu­sed of “being mem­bers of FETO and PKK ter­ro­rist or­ga­ni­za­ti­ons but com­mit­ting cri­mes in the na­me of tho­se ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­ti­ons.”

A new le­gis­la­ti­ve de­cree is­sued last week ma­de it ea­sier to sack pu­blic of­fi­ci­als be­lie­ved to be mem­bers of ter­ro­rist or­ga­ni­za­ti­ons or groups in­vol­ved in ac­ti­vi­ties against the coun­try’s na­ti­o­nal se­cu­ri­ty or tho­se in con­tact with ter­ro­rist or­ga­ni­za­ti­ons or groups. The de­cree al­so grants Pre­si­dent Re­cep Tayy­ip Er­do­gan the po­wer to ap­point the heads of all the coun­try’s uni­ver­si­ties, ma­ny of which had pre­vious­ly been elec­ted.


Pe­o­p­le who just fled Mo­sul are seen at Al Kha­zer camp near Has­san Sham, east of Mo­sul.

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