Policeman suspended by Turkish gov’t reportedly dies while working as construction worker

Lokman Keleş, a Konya-based police officer who was suspended as part of the government’s post-coup purge of state institutions, died after falling from a building under construction, a last resort for him to make ends meet according to people familiar with the issue.

“Police officer Lokman Keleş who was suspended due to a slander against him passed away while working at a construction site to make money for his children including the one who studies at a university. Rest in peace, good guy!” Adem Sezen who claimed to have known Keleş said on his Facebook page.

@magduriyetlertr, a Twitter account that tweets on post-coup abuses said Keleş had three children.

More than 150,000 people have lost their jobs as part of a government crackdown since a failed coup on July 15.

Dismissed or suspended civil servants have been prohibited from securing job in other public institutions, while thousands of teachers’ licences were also cancelled. Since the majority of the private sector is concerned about government pressure, they prefer not to employ fired public workers.

In order to survive, many purged civil servants and others have become unregistered market vendors or laborers on farms, for construction companies and the like. (turkeypurge.com)

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