Turkey’s Interior Ministry has fired nearly 9,000 police officers, bureaucrats and others and detained thousands of suspected plotters following a foiled coup against the government, local media reported.
News of the firings and detentions came as the United States. and European Union urged the government to uphold democracy and human rights as it pursues the military officers and anyone else involved in the coup attempt.
The state-run Anadolu news agency said a total of 8,777 employees attached to the ministry were dismissed, including 30 governors, 52 civil service inspectors and 16 legal advisers.
Other media reports said police and military police officers and coast guards were also removed from duty. The government has blamed Friday’s failed coup which it says killed 208 government supporters and 24 plotters on backers of a US-based Muslim cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s chief opponent.