The Turkish security forces have detained numerous people, which is accused of trying to bring down the government. In a large-scale search in Istanbul and three other provinces of the officials of the Department went for organized crime in the early Morning, first of all against prominent academics and members of civil society. The Operation was directed against 20 persons from the environment to the Chairman of the cultural Institute, Anadolu Kültür, Osman Kavala, according to the news Agency DHA, reported.

The Institute also cooperates with the German Goethe-Institute in Istanbul, and would like to promote its culture of peace and the rights of minorities. 13 of the 20 persons had been taken after the raids. Three of them are, according to media reports late in the evening released, but with an exit barrier has been evidenced. Spokesman for the EU referred to the arrests of the academics and Activists as alarming.

Kavala, a renowned business man and Intellectual, had already been more than a year ago. Since then, he sits without a bill of indictment in pretrial detention. According to Kavala’s lawyers that accused in connection with foreigners stood, which had to do with the coup attempt of July 2016.

in Addition, he will be accused in connection with the government’s critical Gezi Park protests in 2013, to have a government overthrow is accelerating. Together with the 20 other Suspects, he tried, among other things, the Gezi demonstrations to expand, reported the newspaper Cumhuriyet, citing the Istanbul police. So you could, for example, “trainers” and “activists” for the protests from abroad in Turkey.

More than 200.00 people since the coup-proof

Simultaneously with the raids were arrested 14 alleged members of the movement of the preacher Fethullah Gülen, in Istanbul, due to “terrorist financing”. The government under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan makes Gülen for the coup attempt of 2016 is responsible.

In the Western Turkish city of Izmir security forces, according to the DHA, meanwhile, also against small traders, to belong to the Gülen movement, and the arrests of 17 people. At the same time the Prosecutor’s office in Ankara, in the course of a further large-scale Anti-Gulen Operation began to search for a total of 188 people from 26 provinces. Among them, 100 members of the Turkish air force and 88 of the imams. Some of the Wanted were already in custody.

interior Minister Süleyman Soylu was on Thursday presented in Parliament a new set of Numbers to the comprehensive investigation activities against alleged Gülenist and terrorists, the Anatolia news Agency reported. Since the coup, Turkey has, therefore, because of alleged Links to the coup leaders almost 218.000 people. 16.684 of the persons Concerned were sentenced accordingly. 14.750 were more in pre-trial detention.

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