2016 Turkish purges facts for kids
The 2014–2016 Turkish judicial purges were purges of the judicial system of Turkey that took place in January 2014 and July 2016 during the presidency of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In January 2014, 120 judges and prosecutors were reassigned during a major corruption enquiry and on 16 July 2016, 2,745 judges were dismissed immediately following the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt.
Purges by numbers
|Turkish Armed Forces||1,684||96||2016-07-27
|Turkish Land Forces||1,069||N/A||87 generals|
|Turkish Naval Forces||154||N/A||32 admirals|
|Turkish Air Force||461||N/A||30 generals|
|Ministry of the Interior||8,777||N/A||2016-07-18|
|Ministry of Health||5,581||N/A||115 managers, 1504 doctors||2016-07-28|
|Ministry of Culture and Tourism||110||N/A||2016-07-26|
|Ministry of National Education||15,200||N/A||2016-07-19|
|MNE licensed Education institutions||21,000||N/A|
|Ministry of Development||82||N/A||2016-07-25|
|Ministry of Economy||15||N/A||2016-07-25|
|Ministry of Forest and Water Management||197||N/A||2016-07-25|
|Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications||529||N/A||2016-07-25|
|Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology||560||N/A||2016-07-25|
|Ministry of Family and Social Policy||599||N/A||2016-07-25|
|Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning||70||N/A||2016-07-25|
|İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality||768||N/A||2016-07-29|
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The building of the Turkish Court of Cassation in Ankara.
On 20 July 2016, Professor Vedat Demir, along with 95 colleagues at Istanbul University, were suspended from their academic positions.
The purges have gotten attention in the United States due to the Turkish government's attempts to arrest and extradite NBA player Enes Kanter, who is both a Gulenist and an outspoken critic of Erdoğan. Kanter doesn't attend team and league functions held abroad as he fears for his safety if he ever leaves the United States.
Selahattin Demirtaş's presidential campaign being launched outside Edirne prison where he is incarcerated, 25 May 2018
Demonstration in support of arrested journalist Aslı Erdoğan in Kraków, Poland
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