Turkish gov-t plans large-scale wave of arrests of Gulen supporters

Turkish gov-t plans large-scale wave of arrests of Gulen supporters

Turkish authorities plan to detain 101 members of the air force over alleged links to the U.S.-based cleric Ankara blames for a July 2016 failed military coup.

Those ordered detained included a brigadier-general and five colonels. They already detained 33 members of the air force, the Hurriyet daily said.

Authorities have carried out such sweeps against alleged supporters of the cleric Fethullah Gulen on a regular basis since the coup attempt of July 2016.

Turkey has detained 160,000 people and dismissed nearly the same number of civil servants since the putsch attempt, the U.N. human rights office said in March. Of that number, more than 50,000 have been formally charged and kept in jail during trial.

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