March 29, 2017
A huge cleansing of Turkey’s state and other institutions is continuing as people from all walks of life find themselves being hunted down and taken into custody.
At least 2586 people were detained, with 423 of them put under arrest, in operations targeting the Gülen movement and Turkey’s Kurdish minority over the past month, according to data compiled by Turkeypurge.com.
The detentions and arrests took place between March 1 and March 29.
On March 29, Nuri Polat, a lawyer representing Meral Akşener, a former deputy and candidate for leadership of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), was detained by police over alleged links to the movement.
On March 28, at least 34 people were detained over their alleged use of ByLock mobile application, which the government believes to be a top communication tool among Gülen movement followers.
On March 27, Fatma Saadet Yılmazer and Rabia Fitnat Yılmazer, daughters of jailed former police intelligence chief Ali Fuat Yılmazer, were arrested by an İstanbul court for using ByLock.
Ali Fuat Yılmazer was jailed following corruption probes in late 2013 implicating then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government and is accused of having committed a range of crimes, from illegal wiretapping to involvement in the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007. He is being held in Silivri Prison, and his daughter Fatma was serving as his lawyer.
On March 27, at least 14 people, including businessmen and housewives, were detained over their alleged use of ByLock mobile application.
On March 27, a former Council of State judge, identified by initials F.E., was detained in Istanbul’s Pendik district as he was leaving a housing compound with a fake ID on him.
On March 25, a total of 65 civilians, including businessmen and housewives, were detained as part of ongoing operations targeting the alleged followers of the Gülen movement due to their use of ByLock.
On March 25, 6 people were detained in the eastern province of Bingöl on charges of disseminating terrorist propaganda from their social media accounts, according to a statement from the Bingöl Governor’s Office.
On March 25, arrests warrants were issued for 60 previously dismissed police officers over alleged use of ByLock.
On March 23, police detained 35 lawyers who defend suspects who are accused of Gülen links in several ongoing trials.