One week after Erdoans narrow referendum victory, alleged supporters of US-based preacher are rounded up
Turkey has detained more than 1,000 people and suspended over 9,100 police in a new crackdown against alleged supporters of the US-based preacher accused of committing orchestrating the takeover bid against president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Dawn raids across the country attempting more than 3,000 suspects were followed by a statement from police that 9,103 police officer were being suspended on suspicion of links to Fethullah Gulen.
The new wave of the crackdown arrived simply over a week after Erdogan narrowly won a referendum on ramping up his powers which opponents fear will intend one-man rule.
A total of 1,120 suspects has all along been been detained, the official Anadolu news agency said. Some 4,672 suspects were sought in Wednesdays raids of whom 1,448 are already in jail means that a total of 3,224 arrest warrants were issued.
About 8,500 police officer were involved in the nationwide running, Anadolu reported, adding that arrest warrants had been issued for 390 suspects in Istanbul alone.
Meanwhile, the 9,103 police officer were being suspended on suspicion of connects or contacts to Gulens group, on the reasons for their national security, the police force said in a statement on its website.
Turkish authorities blame Gulen for masterminding the failed military takeover in July 2016 that aimed to depose Erdogan from power but he denies the charges.
The government has repeatedly asked the United States to expel Gulen, who has been living in expatriate there since 1999.
About 47,000 people have already been arrested in Turkey under a nine-month country of emergency in place since the takeover bid, a crackdown whose proportion has raised alarm in the west and made farther strife for Ankaras bid to join the EU.
Two days after the referendum the Turkish parliament widened the country of emergency by another three months to 19 July.
After the latest sweep, German foreign ministry spokesman Sebastian Fischer said Berlin has taken note of the mass detentions with concern, advising respect for rule of law.
EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said all individuals had a right to a fair trial and empahasised that Turkey needed to respect the highest democratic standards and practices.
The suspects detained are so-called secret imams of Gulen was accused of infiltrating themselves into the police or other state institutions, Anadolu said.
Erdogan has repeatedly said he will wipe out the virus of Gulen from state institutions after the failed coup.
The vast operation targeted big cities such as Istanbul as well as Izmir in west Turkey and Konya in the Anatolian heartland.
Binali Yildirim, the “ministers “, had hinted in a television interview this month that a new anti-Gulen crackdown had been in the pipeline.
The yes camp won 51.41% of the vote in the referendum on creating a presidential system in Turkey but antagonists claim the result would have been reversed in a fair poll.
The main opposition Republican Peoples party( CHP) said on Wednesday it would challenge last-minute a modification to voting rules in the referendum at the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights.
Analysts have said Erdogan, after his poll win, can choose between new showdown or reconciliation with the west but in recent days tensions have risen further.
Turkish warplanes killed more than two dozen Kurdish fighters on Tuesday in ten-strikes in Syria and Iraq, indignation the United States.
Ankara said it had be carried forward the ten-strikes against terrorist havens, vowing to continue acting against groups it links to the prohibited Kurdistan Workers Party( PKK ).