Turkish police arrest 7 more for financial help to purge victims (journalist)

Turkish police have arrested seven more people for providing financial support to people fired under the pretext of an anti-coup purge following a failed putsch in 2016, said Abdulhamit Bilici, a Turkish journalist in exile, on his social network account.

The detentions took place in the central Anatolian province of Çorum, according to Bilici.

The detainees are apparently supporters of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, who inspired a sectarian movement that Turkey accuses of orchestrating the 2016 coup attempt despite their firm denial of any involvement.

Bilici shared an image of items confiscated by police as evidence including books, magazines, cash, computers, smartphones and videotapes of Gülen.

A total of 219 people were jailed in a massive operation last week for receiving financial aid or distributing financial aid sent by Gülen supporters abroad to families of people imprisoned for links to the Gülen movement or removed from public service for the same reason. raison.

The Turkish government has been cracking down on real and perceived members of the Gülen movement for more than six years, calling it a terrorist organization. The government crackdown on the movement intensified after the coup attempt in 2016. The Gülen movement strongly denies any involvement in the failed coup or any terrorist activity.

The mass detention of so many people for distributing or receiving donations has drawn widespread criticism from politicians and human rights activists inside and outside Turkey.

Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency and carried out a massive purge of state institutions under the pretext of an anti-coup struggle. More than 130,000 civil servants, including 4,156 judges and prosecutors, as well as 29,444 members of the armed forces, have been summarily dismissed from their posts for alleged membership or relations with “terrorist organizations” by emergency decree laws which do not subject to any judicial or parliamentary control. meticulous examination.

Victims of Turkey’s post-coup crackdown say they and their families are experiencing serious financial and psychological problems due to what they call the hate speech employed by the government and its supporters against them, which prevents them from leading a normal life, finding a job and providing for their families.

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