Turks land on Greece’s island to request asylum - media

 Turks land on Greece’s island to request asylum - media

Seventeen Turkish citizens landed on the shores of the Greek island of Oinousses on Monday afternoon and requested asylum, the country’s coast guard has announced.

The majority are said to be civil servants and the group has been transferred to the Vial migrant center on Chios, where they will be registered and processed.

The group told the coast guard officers who took them in after they landed on a beach in a small rubber dinghy that they feared persecution in Turkey, as they were civil servants and judicial officials, Ekathimerini reported.

After last year's attempted coup, Turkey has sacked or suspended more than 150,000 officials, and arrested some 50,000 people. According to Ankara, the coup was organised by U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

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