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11 July 2018, 01:17 | Erica Roy
Turkey fires thousands of public servants in anti-terror purge
In Turkey issued a decree about the dismissal of more than 18 thousand public servants due to the cancellation of state of emergency.
The July 8 decree shut down 12 associations across the country as well as three newspapers and a television channel.
Human rights defenders including Amnesty International have criticized the purges as arbitrary.
Mr Erdogan has overseen a series of purges since the July 2016 attempted coup, which saw parts of the Turkish military launch an operation to topple the government and oust its leader. Turkey says the measures are necessary to combat threats to national security.
The authorities also fired 199 academics, according to the new decree, while 148 state employees from the military and ministries were reinstated.
The government was preparing the list for quite some time and announced it before the oath ceremony of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday.
Lifting the state of emergency was one of the Turkish president's election campaign promises.
Also, 3,077 personnel from the land forces command, 1,126 from the naval forces command, and 1,949 from the air force command were ousted from the Turkish army.
The government blames a USA -based cleric for orchestrating the coup and has sacked or arrested people suspected of links to him.
The Anadolu Agency said police Friday launched operations in Istanbul and in 47 provinces across Turkey to detain the suspects who are believed to have been in secret contact with key operatives of cleric Fethullah Gulen's network.
Earlier this year, the government said more than 77,000 people had been arrested over alleged links to Gulen.
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