Erdogan’s Purge

Published 20 July 2016 | 406 words | Categories: News, Politics

After the attempted coup in Turkey, beginning late on July 15th, president Recep Erdogan has begun purging the system. Over 50,000 people have been fired, suspended, or detained. While the purge is guaranteed to continue due to Erdogan's religious and political motivations, it's not clear when he'll stop. The BBC doesn't believe there will be martial law, curfews, or some other potential actions. Political scientist Soner Cagaptay writes that Turkey "will be less free and less democratic" following the coup attempt. He, along with others, felt a coup was coming. Turkey has a history of coup attempts, some successful.

A rough running list of Turkish institutional casualties for 2016:

From Hurriyet Daily News -

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From AP News , the BBC, the Telegraph, and more -

Other things which happened:

This post was last updated on 20 July 2016. Current tally: at least 66,531 fired/suspended/detained.

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