Turkish authorities sack 18,632 state employees in new decree
08 Jul 2018
Turkish authorities ordered the dismissal of more than 18,632 state employees including 8,998 police officers, soldiers, and academics, in a decree published today over suspected links to terror organizations and groups that "act against national security".
Another 1,052 civil servants from Justice Ministry and linked institutions have been fired as well as 649 from the gendarmerie and 192 from the coast guard.
Around 3,077 army soldiers, 1,949 air force personnel also dismissed
Some 3,077 army soldiers were also dismissed as well as 1,949 air force personnel and 1,126 from the naval forces.
Authorities also sacked 199 academics, according to the new decree, while 148 state employees from the military and ministries were reinstated.
Turkey has been under a state of emergency since the July 2016 attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Emergency in Turkey has been renewed seven times
Turkish media dubbed the decree as the "last" with officials indicating the state of emergency could end as early as Monday.
The emergency has been renewed seven times and the latest period is officially due to end on July 19.
More than 110,000 public sector employees have been removed previously from their jobs via emergency decrees since July 2016.
Turkey accuses US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah of orchestrating attempted coup
Turkey accuses US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the attempted coup. The majority of those fired under emergency are accused of links to Gulen.
The government refers to the movement as "Fethullah Terrorist Organization". Gulen strongly denies any coup links and insists his movement is a peaceful organization.
Today's decree shut down 12 associations as well as three newspapers and a television channel.
Over 77,000 people arrested over alleged links to Gulen
Human rights defenders including Amnesty International have lambasted the purges as arbitrary but Turkey says they are necessary to remove the Gulen movement's infiltration of state bodies. Earlier this year, the government said more than 77,000 people had been arrested over alleged links to Gulen.
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