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Turkey dismisses civil servants linked to terror groups

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Jeannette Daniel | 11 July, 2018, 04:10

Turkey's authorities dismissed 18,632 public workers, including police officers, military personnel and academics, in the latest wave of purge before lifting the emergency rule later this month.

Nearly 9,000 police officials, some 6,000 armed forces personnel and 1,000 civil servants from the justice ministry have been affected by the measure, which Turkish media has dubbed the last state of emergency decree.

Moreover, 1,052 people, including judicial candidates and civil servants were dismissed from the Ministry of Justice.

Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016, following the defeated coup by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (or FETO) and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen, which left 251 people dead and almost 2,200 wounded.

The latest period is officially due to end on July 19.

Turkey regularly carries out such operations as part of a large-scale government crackdown on Gulen's movement. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the allegations.

More news: Rescuers free eighth boy from cave in Thailand

Human rights defenders including Amnesty International have criticized the purges as arbitrary.

Police officers drive some of the tanks that were used by soldiers participating in the attempted coup back to the Selimiye Army Base in Istanbul, Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on July 7 that restrictions imposed on the passports of 181,500 people in the wake of the July 2016 coup attempt will be lifted within a few days.

Earlier this year, the government said more than 77,000 people had been arrested over alleged links to Gulen.

The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara, the European Union and the United States. Moreover, 12 non-government organization, three newspapers and one TV channel were also shut down.

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