Ankara: Turkish authorities have suspended about 8,000 security personnel and more than 2,000 academics, adding to a purge of people suspected of having links to perpetrators of a failed coup, the Official Gazette said on Friday.
Since the coup attempt in mid-July, in which rogue soldiers tried to topple President Tayyip Erdogan`s government, Turkey has removed 80,000 people from public duty and arrested many of them, accusing them of sympathising with the plotters.
Of the security personnel removed in the latest purge, 323 were members of the gendarmerie and the rest police, according to the Official Gazette, in which the government publishes new laws and orders.
It said 2,346 more academics had been removed from universities. Hundreds of academics and others have already been swept from their posts, accused of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Erdogan says masterminded the coup. [...]
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