Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Anti-terrorism purge continues in Turkey

Anti-terrorism purge continues in Turkey

According to the decree published on Sunday in the official Resmi Gazete, as many as 6,152 people have been discharged from the Turkish armed forces, including 3,077 people from the ground forces, 1,126 - from the naval forces, 1,949 - from the air force.

It is not clear whether lifting of state of emergency means going back to pre-July 2016 conditions in Turkey or if the same or similar situation will continue - devised as a new system wherein the president and can issue decrees equivalent to KHK via executive powers.

Another 1,052 civil servants from the justice ministry and related institutions have also been dismissed, as well as 649 from the gendarmerie and 192 from the coastguard.

The emergency has been renewed seven times and the latest period is officially due to end on July 19.

While majority were detained for a long period of time, nearly half of them were charged for having alleged links to exiled Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom the government accused of being the architect behind the coup.

The government refers to the movement as the "Fethullah Terrorist Organization".

About 1052 199 civil servants and scientists were also fired and at least three Newspapers, the channel 12 and associations were closed.

Among the powers he will have under constitutional changes approved in a referendum previous year will be the right to start and end states of emergency unilaterally. Most are members of the security forces and are accused of being affiliated with the Islamic order of Fethullah Gulen, which is believed to be behind the coup attempt against Erdogan in 2016.

Human rights groups say the purge has also targeted the government's political opponents and critics and has swept up innocent people, as well.

This year, the government said more than 77,000 people had been arrested over alleged links to Mr Gulen.

Tens of thousands of others have been fired or suspended in the enormous purge.

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