Jan 04 2018

Turkey arrests 33 trade unionists in anti-Gülenist raids

Turkish police arrested 33 suspects in connection with their activities at Gülen-movement linked trade unions on Thursday, pro-government AHaber reported.

A total of 67 warrants were issued for suspects in 12 provinces linked to seven trade unions connected to the Aksiyon Work Federation, which was closed by state of emergency degree for alleged links to the Gülen movement.

The Turkish government accuses the movement, led by exile preacher Fethullah Gülen, of having carried out the July 2016 failed coup attempt.

Of the 67 suspects, 15 were among those also accused of using the ByLock mobile application, which the government considers conclusive evidence of movement membership, AHaber said.

Since the state of emergency began in July 2016, around 150,000 public servants have been dismissed from their posts and 50,000 people arrested.

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