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1533, 08 Jan 17

Turkey Continues Crackdown

I remain convinced that the July coup was staged as an excuse for the government to move to dictatorship.

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey on Saturday ordered the dismissal of almost 8,400 civil servants and the closure of over 80 associations, including sports clubs, in the latest round of purges after the July failed coup.

More than 100,000 people have already been suspended or sacked in a crackdown on those alleged to have links to coup-plotters in a relentless purge that shows no sign of slowing.

According to three new decrees published within the state of emergency imposed after the coup, 8,390 more civil servants are to lose their jobs from 63 different state institutions.

They include 2,687 police officers, 1,699 civil servants from the justice ministry, 838 health officials and hundreds of employees from other ministries.

Another 631 academics and eight members of the Council of State were also dismissed.

The dismissals are authorised by the cabinet and require no parliamentary approval under the state of emergency, which has twice been extended and is now due to last until April 19.


1533, 08 January 2017

1 Comment

  1. CaptainNed


    Erdogan read the history of the master of such things (Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili) and used the modern media to accomplish in months what took Stalin several years.

    Some time in the future a then modern-day Robert Conquest will write of Erdogan as the original wrote of Stalin.

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