Turkey Back Displaced 18 Thousand Soldiers, Police, Teachers and Civil Servants

Turkey Back Displaced 18 Thousand Soldiers, Police, Teachers and Civil ServantsThe Turkish government has fired more than 18,000 soldiers, police, academics and civil servants, ahead of a two-year coup attempt that failed in 2016.

This decision follows the victory of President Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential election last month and ahead of his presidential swearing on Monday (09/07) tomorrow.

The purges announced on Sunday (08/07) are the latest after a failed military coup attempt two years ago.
Reports quoted by Turkish media say the policy is the latest wave of dismissals.
Official Turkish government figures say 18,632 people have been dismissed, including 8,998 police and 6,152 military personnel. (Getty Images)

Official Turkish government figures say 18,632 people have been dismissed, including 8,998 police and 6,152 military personnel, the AFP news agency reported.

And according to the Reuters news agency, there are 199 academics dismissed from universities across the country.
So far the Turkish authorities have sacked some 160,000 civil servants since a failed military coup attempt, according to the US Office of the United Nations in March.

Among them are detained, and more than 50,000 have been tried and currently in jail.
Turkish police led the men accused of supporting Fethullah Gulen in Kayseri, 26 April 2017. (EPA)

As reported by Reuters, Turkey ‘s so – called attempts to crush the opposition have drawn criticism from Western nations.

They accused President Tayyip Erdogan of using the failed military coup as a pretext to muzzle opposition groups.

On various occasions, Erdogan declared that action was taken to reduce threats to national security.