The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has either suspended or detained nearly 50,000 people as part of a purge of the army, police, and the courts that expanded to universities and schools in the wake of a failed military coup attempt, according to the country’s intelligence service and religious authorities.
“Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million which borders Syria’s chaos and is a Western ally against Islamic State [ISIS/ISIL],” reports Reuters.
The news agency did not breakdown the 50,000 figure.
Last Friday’s revolt to overthrow Erdogan’s government was led by several factions of the Turkish army, which sees itself as the guardian of the country’s secular constitution.
As of 4 p.m. Sunday, “all terrorist elements” behind the attempted coup “had been suppressed nationwide, announced Turkey’s military in a written statement released Tuesday morning, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
“The necessary response had been given to the snakes in our midst,” noted the statement.
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus denied claims that 14 naval ships were missing and their commanders were seeking to defect, according to Reuters.
The deputy PM noted that “9,322 people were under legal proceedings in relation to the attempted coup,” notes the news agency, adding “Eight soldiers have sought asylum in neighboring Greece and Turkey says they must be handed back or it will not help relations between the neighbors, which have long been uneasy.”
Citing official government figures, AP reports the coup attempt resulted in the death of 232 people, adding that another 1,541 were injured. [...]