Ministry: 94,000 fired, 30,000 suspended from state posts over alleged Gülen links since July 15

Turkey’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security announced on Tuesday that a total of 94,867 people have been fired while 30,618 others have been suspended from state posts due to alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement since a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

The ministry said 18,331 people who have been expelled or suspended for the same reason have returned to their posts.

Turkey experienced a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed. 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.

Although the Gülen movement strongly denies having any role in the putsch, the government accuses it of having masterminded the foiled coup. Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, called for an international investigation into the coup attempt, 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.

In the currently ongoing post-coup purge, in addition to thousands of people who have been purged from the state, as of March 21, 94,982 people were being held without charge, with an additional 47,128 in pre-trial detention according to figures.

A total of 7,316 academics were dismissed, and 4,070 judges and prosecutors were purged over alleged coup involvement or terrorist links. (SCF with March 21, 2017

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