Campaign seeks donations for purge-victim Turkish refugees in Greece

Esma Uludağ, a Turkish refugee died as a result of stroke in Athens, and her three children as they fled from Turkey to Greece.

A fundraising campaign has been launched for Turkish refugees who have crossed into Greece to escape an ongoing purge and persecution being carried out by the Turkish government led by Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal means as the government had cancelled their passports like thousands of others. Hundreds of Turkish families are believed to be currently living in Greek refugee camps.

Turkey survived a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15. On December 13, 2017 the Justice Ministry announced that 169,013 people have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced on April 18, 2018 that the Turkish government had jailed 77,081 people between July 15, 2016 and April 11, 2018 over alleged links to the Gülen movement. (SCF with turkeypurge.com)

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