Turkey shuts 2,340 Institutions Connections to Gülen

yyyTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a decree to close 2,341 institutions – including schools, charities, unions and medical centres – in the wake of an attempted coup.

The decree, which local media noted as being the first taken under the powers of the state of emergency, also extends the legal time a person can be detained to 30 days.

The decree has been entered into the Official Gazette of the government. A government official insisted the institutions targeted all have connections to the movement of US-based preacher Fethullah Gülen, who Erdoğan blames for the failed putsch.

The measure will now move to parliament, which is dominated by Erdoğan’s conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP). The legislature has oversight powers on such decrees, adopted as part of the state of emergency which entered into force Thursday.

Turkey has suspended 37,500 civil servants and police officers in the wake of the coup, including many from the education ministry, and also revoked the license of 21,000 teachers. The education ministry said it was looking to close more than 600 schools.

The number of people detained has surpassed 10,000 while more than 4,000 of those have been arrested. More than 7,000 of those detained are soldiers, including at least 120 generals.

The government has vowed to “cleanse” the civil service from Gülen supporters.

Some 11,000 passports were voided, civil servants have been called back from leave and citizens are required to show proof of employment when trying to leave the country.

Erdoğan said the state of emergency is necessary to restore order after the attempted coup, which left 260 dead. Turkey is also demanding that the United States extradite Gülen.