Turkey

Erdogan’s witch hunt for opposition activists…….


 

The chief Islamonazi in Turkey is laying siege on his own people to root out his Islamonazi opposition, and couldn’t care less who gets caught up in the grinder.

‘I feel like I have been buried alive’: families live in fear and isolation as Erdoğan leads a witch-hunt

More than 125,000 people have been sacked on suspicion of links to a dissident cleric. Two teachers and a law student describe how this has affected them

On 1 September, the life of Ahmet and Fatma Özer*, married teachers from Istanbul, changed dramatically. Accused of being sympathisers of Fethullah Gülen, both were fired. On the same day Ayse Yilmaz*, a law student, received a text informing her that her father, a civil servant, had been detained for alleged involvement in terrorism and coup plotting. “It was the day we were blacklisted,” Fatma recalls. “The day we were erased as citizens.”

The Justice and Development party (AKP) government accuses Gülen, an Islamic cleric who lives in the US, of organising the bloody coup attempt on 15 July. However, the extent of Gülen’s involvement remains unclear. Nevertheless, those who have expressed even the slightest sympathy with the cleric’s views, or who have made use of his businesses – which include a bank, schools and media organisations – have found themselves accused of coup plotting, like the Özer and Yilmaz families.

 

More here. H/T: AS

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