Thousands of Turkish police, teachers fired under emergency decree
According to Rapporteur Report From, DPA, Link, The announcement, which came overnight into Wednesday, affects 4,464 workers. The hardest hit group is the Education Ministry, which will lose 2,585 workers because of alleged ties to terrorist groups or accusations of endangering national security.
Most of the affected are teachers. Another 330 are university employees.
Additionally, 1,310 police officers and other law enforcement workers were dismissed. Other agencies affected include the election commission, state broadcaster TRT, the EU Ministry and the Foreign Ministry.
Ever since members of the Turkish military attempted a coup in July, the government has dismissed or detained thousands of workers, leaving some ministries struggling to do their work. The actions have been condemned, primarily because there is little evidence linking the vast majority of those affected to either the coup or any terrorist group.
Those dismissed are also named in the register, a controversial practice since it potentially leaves them exposed to retribution by loyalists.
Erdogan has been able to rule by decree since a state of emergency was declared in the weeks following the attempted coup. His decrees take effect as soon as they are published, though they have to be approved after the fact by the legislature.
The state of emergency currently extends through April 19.
Since the coup, more than 40,000 people have been detained and almost 100,000 government workers dismissed.