Orhan Pamuk says so many innocent people in Turkish prisons

Orhan Pamuk, Turkey’s most famous writer and a Nobel laureate in literature.

Nobel laureate Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk has said Turkey has imprisoned so many innocent people in arbitrary ways very recently, leading him to feel guilty during happy hours.

In an interview with the US-based Slate magazine on August 18, Pamuk has said: “As I tell my girlfriend, all the time one feels guilty when one is just happy with books and films and when one’s writing when so much horror is happening in one’s country. So many guiltless people put into prison in an arbitrary way.”

“The government used the military coup to purge most of the liberals. Most of the people who criticized the government are pushed out of the government offices,” Pamuk added.

Over 120,000 people have been detained and some 55,000 were arrested over their real or alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. The movement denies involvement.

The post-coup crackdown targeted pro-Kurdish politicians and civilians, liberals, leftists and many other opposition groups as well. (turkeypurge.com)

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