Tuesday 17 July 2018

Thousands of Turkish public servants dismissed over ‘terror links’

Police officers, military personnel and teachers are among those to lose their jobs.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the parliament in Ankara (AP)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the parliament in Ankara (AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Turkey has dismissed thousands of public servants through an emergency decree for alleged links to terror groups.

The decree, published on the Official Gazette early on Sunday, sacked 18,632 civil servants, including nearly 9,000 police officers, some 6,000 members of the military and hundreds of teachers and academics.

Their passports will be cancelled.

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Turkey has been under a state of emergency (David Davies/PA)

Turkey has been under a state of emergency for nearly two years, declared after a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

The government blames a US-based cleric for orchestrating the coup and has sacked or arrested people suspected of links to him.

The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the allegations.

But the purge has broadened to include other “terror groups”, with more than 130,000 people dismissed.

Sunday’s decree also reinstated 148 people previously sacked through emergency decrees.

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