Turkey Coup: more than 1,000 arrested in ongoing crackdown

Turkey Coup: more than one thousand arrested in ongoing crackdown

The failed coup has seen the arrests of roughly 50,000 people

Monday, July 31, 2017

More than a thousand people have been arrested in Turkey as part of an ongoing crackdown. 

Following a failed coup to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish government has been weeding out supposed dissenters.

Roughly 50,000 people have been arrested since July 2016, and now, the Interior Ministry released a statement on Monday to say a further 1,000 had been detained.

Of this number, 831 were suspected of being linked to Fethullah Gulen - who Erdogan claims orchestrated the coup against him. 

Two hundred and thirteen peop;le were accused of having links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), while 46 were claimed to have connections to Islamic State. 

The ongoing crackdown has resulted in almost 150,000 people being dismissed or suspended from the private sector, army, and civil service.