Germany says 100 of its citizens barred from entering Turkey since January

German Foreign Ministry has announced that a total of 100 German citizens have been barred from entering Turkey since the beginning of 2017 on the grounds that they pose a threat to the public security, according to a report in the Deutsche Welle on Friday.

The ministry, however, did not announce how many of the German citizens who were barred from entering Turkey, had dual citizenship.

Minister for European Affairs in the German foreign ministry Michael Roth has said the federal government of Germany has taken action regarding the German citizens who were barred from entering Turkey and asked Turkish authorities to be as much as transparent regarding these citizens and reconsider their decision.

Turkey experienced a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed over 240 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement despite the lack of any evidence to that effect. The Gülen movement strongly denies having any role in the putsch.

In the currently ongoing post-coup witch hunt, over 135,000 people have been purged due to their alleged links to the Gülen movement. Also, Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has announced on April 2 that 47,155 people have been jailed while 113,260 people have been detained with the same accusations.(SCF with April 14, 2017

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