ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has expanded its crackdown against alleged government opponents, as it marks the first anniversary of the quashed military coup that sought to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The government dismissed more than 7,000 police, ministry staff, and academics, ahead of Saturday’s anniversary. The latest firings followed a June decree but were not announced until Friday.
A prolonged state of emergency in place since the coup attempt allows the government to rule through decrees. Over the last year, more than 50,000 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the insurgency more than 100,000 have been fired from civil service jobs.
Officials are holding a series of events to honor some 250 people who were killed on July 15, 2016, while trying to stop the insurrection.