Turkey Dismisses Over 8,000 Civil Servants In Post-Coup Purge

Turkey Dismisses Over 8,000 Civil Servants In Post-Coup Purge
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Turkey has dismissed almost 8,400 civil servants for alleged ties to terror organizations, in the latest purge under a state of emergency imposed following the failed July 15 coup attempt.

The latest dismissals were announced on the Turkish government’s Official Gazette late Friday. They include 2,687 police officers, 1,699 Justice Ministry employees and 631 academics. More than 100,000 people have already been suspended or sacked in a crackdown on those alleged to have links to coup-plotters in a relentless purge that shows no sign of slowing.

Another 631 academics and eight members of the Council of State were also dismissed. The dismissals are authorized by the Cabinet and require no parliamentary approval under the state of emergency, which has twice been extended and is now due to last until 19 April.

Turkey’s crackdown through dismissals and the arrest of some 41,000 people was begun to root out followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The government claims he orchestrated the coup attempt; Gulen denies involvement.

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