Turkey coup: President Erdogan shuts down thousands of institutions, including hospitals


Cllr. Stephanos Ioannou

More than 2,000 institutions were closed on Saturday by the Turkish President,
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in reaction to the recent attempted coup by parts of the military. The number of organisations shut down includes 35 hospitals, 19 unions and 1,043 schools. Mr Erdoğan has also closed than 1,000 charities and associations.

The Erdoğan regime alleges they are all linked to US-based cleric Muhammed Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish leader’s political enemy – and the man he blames for the coup.

The closures are included in a decree published by the state-owned news agency,Anadolu. They are the first instructions Mr Erdoğan has given after he granted himself extra powers by imposing a state of emergency.

Also included in the decree is the ability to detain suspects for a maximum of 30 days, increased from the previous limit of four.

President Erdoğan will supervise a meeting with Turkey’s Supreme Military Council (YAS) earlier than expected in July, indicating the Turkish President is planning more measures to increase his…

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