Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkey dismisses over 18,000 army, civilian personnel over coup links

Turkey dismisses over 18,000 army, civilian personnel over coup links

According to the publication, 18 632 people were dismissed as a result of repression after the failed military coup two years ago, including 8998 police, 3 077 army, 1949 airmen and 1 126 naval forces.

Turkey has been under a state of emergency for almost two years, declared after a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

Moreover, 1,052 people, including judicial candidates and civil servants were dismissed from the Ministry of Justice.

Thousands of state employees were dismissed in Turkey under an emergency decree for allegedly threatening national security.

The latest period is officially due to end on July 19.

Critics said Erdogan is using the extra powers permitted under emergency rule, which have been renewed seven times, to target opponents but the government said they are necessary to remove multiple terror threats inside state institutions.

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In total, 148 workers who had been previously sacked were reinstated to their positions.

The government refers to the movement as the "Fethullah Terrorist Organization". The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the allegations.

Police officers drive some of the tanks that were used by soldiers participating in the attempted coup back to the Selimiye Army Base in Istanbul, Saturday, July 16, 2016.

The decree follows President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's victory in June 24 presidential election and comes before he swears his oath on Monday, inaugurating an executive presidency.

With the decree, 12 foundations, three newspapers and one television station have been shut down as well, in addition to dismissals of public servants.

Tens of thousands of people have been arrested in Turkey in an unprecedented crackdown since the failed coup.

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