News from Turkey: 99 generals and admirals are charged in connection with failed coup attempt in Turkey

19:36 Jul. 20, 2016

99 generals and admirals are charged in connection with failed coup attempt in Turkey

Police officers escort a group of detained military personnel in Mersin, Turkey, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo)

More than 50,000 people are rounded up, sacked or suspended in a post-coup witch-hunt

Ankara police suspended 900 officers on suspicion of links with Gulen movement. 262 military judges were also removed from office.

Turkish authorities penalize not only military personnel but also teaching staff. Four university rectors were suspended today. 1,577 university deans, 21,000 teachers, and 15,000 education ministry officials were asked to resign. All of them are accused of having links to Fethullah Gulen - a supposed mastermind of the coup attempt, who denies any wrongdoing.

All the academics were also forbidden to travel abroad to avoid possible escape from the country. Those academics who are already abroad were advised to return as soon as possible.

Some media outlets reported on reinforcement of censorship. Moreover, Turkey has banned access to Wikileaks site. On Tuesday it has released nearly 300,000 emails from the ruling AK Party dating from 2010 to July 6, 2016. 

Read more Guardian: Turkey blocks access to WikiLeaks after Erdoğan party emails go online

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