Turkish police detain more than 1000 suspected followers of cleric Gulen

Police arrest over 1,000 FETO suspects across Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (A.W.)- On April 26, Turkish police announced they had recently arrested more than a 1,000 people accused of ties to the US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed for last year's failed coup.

Following the failed coup, the Turkish government detained or dismissed more than 100,000 officials, judges, prosecutors, teachers, military and police officers for having links with Hizmet movement or for simply sympathizing with the ideas of Gulen, who until 2013 was a close ally of the current Islamist government.

Detention orders had been issued for 1,000 people, of which 803 had been detained, the sources said, in operations carried out across all 81 of Turkey's provinces.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Turkish authorities blame US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen for masterminding the July 2016 failed military coup that aimed to oust Erdogan from power but he denies the charges.

The government says a movement loyal to US-based Fethullah Gulen organised the plot to bring down President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a year ago.

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The arrests, announced by Turkey's interior ministry, come as Turkey is facing intense global scrutiny for its policies after the public narrowly approved sweeping new powers for Erdogan in a referendum held April 16.

They said the crackdown targeted the network's structure in the police force.

Turkey's massive crackdown has soured ties with several European nations and the German government on Wednesday criticized the detention of more than 1,000 people.

Analysts have said Erdogan, after his poll win, can choose between new confrontation or reconciliation with the West but in recent days tensions have risen further.

Turkish-Iraqi border and is known as Zab in Iraq.

The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly angered Turkey on Tuesday by placing the country under review and calling for urgent measures to restore freedom of expression and the press.

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