|Posted by moodhacker on November 12, 2016 at 5:50 PM|
Turkey has halted the activities of 370 non-governmental groups including human rights and children's organizations over their alleged terrorist links, the government said.
Not a coincidence that since a day earlier from this Turkish government move, President Tayip Erdogan had alredy spoken on the phone to congrat the newly elected US President Tayip Erdogan, opening a new "restoring era on the US Turkey relations with a commitment to fight terrorism .
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus defended the ban on the activities of the NGOs operating across the country, which was announced by the Interior Ministry late on Friday.
"The organizations are not shut down, they are being suspended. There is strong evidence that they are linked to terrorist organizations," Kurtulmus said.
- The Interior Ministry said 153 organizations were associated with FETO while
- 190 were related to the PKK/KCK.
- Nineteen associations were connected to the DHKP-C and
- eight to Daesh.
"Turkey has to fight terrorism on so many different fronts. We are trying to clear the state institutions from Gulenists. At the same time we are fighting against Kurdish militants and Daesh," Kurtulmus told reporters on Saturday.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan calls the exiled cleric's network the "Gulenist Terror Organization" and says the unprecedented crackdown is crucial to rid state institutions of infiltrators seeking to topple the government.
According to the statement from the ministry, the organizations that were linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the PKK/KCK, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) and Daesh have been active in 39 provinces of Turkey .
They were closed to protect security and public order, the authorities said.
The interior ministry added that investigations into the groups were continuing and pledged "determination to fight all kinds of structures, groups and institutions with links to terror organizations."
Friday’s step was taken under state-of-emergency legislation, the ministry added.
More than 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended from their jobs and 37,000 arrested since the failed putsch for suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the plot. He denies the accusations.
After the deadly July 15 coup attempt, which martyred more than 246 people and injured nearly 2,200 others, Turkey declared a state of emergency.
Among the groups affected were bodies representing lawyers and the Union of Turkish Bar Associations vowed to "take a stand against any unlawful intervention on legal firms.", kayhan iranean news wrote
"It's impossible for us to find the closure or activity cessation of organizations without court rulings democratic," it added in a statement.
The scale of the purges has alarmed Turkey's Western allies and foreign investors.
Human rights groups and opposition parties say Erdogan, who traces his political roots to a banned party, is using the coup as a pretext to muzzle all dissent in the European Union-candidate nation