Turkey Fires 10,000 Civil Servants In Post-Coup Crackdown

Authorities also shut down 15 media outlets

Turkish army officers mark the republic's anniversary, October 29. — REUTERS
Oct 30, 2016 at 1:48 PM ET

Turkey fired more than 10,000 civil servants and shut down 15 media outlets in the latest wave of an ongoing crackdown following a failed coup.

Among those dismissed from their positions were 2,774 personnel in Turkey’s Ministry of Health, 2,534 in the Ministry of Justice, and 2,219 in the education ministry, the Associated Press reports. Most of the media outlets shut down were pro-Kurdish.

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Turkey’s universities also continue to be affected. More than 1,200 people were dismissed from higher education institutions, according to the AP, and university rector elections have been suspended. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will now select and appoint the rectors.

The sweeping measures, announced in two new executive orders on Saturday, follow the dismissal of 100,000 people who were already let go or suspended since July 15, when Turkish military officials attempted a coup. Another 37,000 people have been arrested as part of the clampdown, according to Reuters.

The arrests and expulsions seek to target people with suspected links to terror groups and Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric who Turkey accused of orchestrating the attempted July coup. Gulen, however, has denied ties to the incident, and critics have accused Turkish officials of using it as an excuse to broadly crack down on government opposition.