Turkish Crackdown Intensifies Further Post-Coup Attempt

Turkish Crackdown Intensifies Further Post-Coup Attempt

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The post-coup crackdown has further intensified in Turkey. The government has dismissed about 1,700 military personnel and has shut down 131 media outlets.

Until now tens and thousands of suspected followers of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen have been suspended or placed under investigation and they include teachers, judges as well as police.

Though Gulen lives in Pennsylvania as self-imposed exile, but he has wide following in Turkey and couple of other Muslim countries including Pakistan. He runs a large network of schools.

Western governments and human rights groups meanwhile have expressed concern over the extent of crackdown after the failed coup attempt on the night of July 15-16 to overtake power.

It is said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is deepening the crackdown to tighten his grip in power.

Erdogan blames the Gulen movement in Turkey has threatened democracy as he is attempting to build a parallel state.

CNN cited interior minister saying over 15,000 people including 10,000 soldiers have been arrested since the coup attempt.

In the latest official gazette the Turkish government has banned 45 newspapers, 29 publishers, 16 TV channels, 15 magazines and 3 news agencies.

On Wednesday the country detained 47 journalists too.

United States said detention of so many media person is part of a troubling trend for the country.