Turkey locks up over 800 in crackdown on Gulen’s links

Apr 26, 2017, 7:48 AM EDT
Failed coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016.
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Turkish police detained more than 800 people on Wednesday over suspected links with U.S.- based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who allegedly orchestrated a failed coup in July last year.

The latest round of raids, carried out across all 81 of Turkey's provinces, targeted Gulen’s secret network of supporters and sympathizers in the country’s police force, writes the BBC.

The crackdown comes on the heels of a referendum vote that approved the expansion of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers and shifted Turkey’s parliamentary system of governance to an executive presidency, notes Reuters.

The aftermath of the failed coup attempt last summer witnessed the Turkish authorities arresting 40,000 people and sacking or suspending 120,000 workers across various sectors for their alleged involvement.

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