ANKARA- Turkish authorities on Sunday ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees, including 8,998 police officers, 3,077 army soldiers, 1,949 air force personnel and 1,126 from the naval forces, over their alleged links to terrorist organizations.
The emergency decree was published in Turkey’s official legal database.
Some 1,052 civil servants and 199 academics were also among those dismissed. At least three newspapers, a television channel and 12 associations were also shut down.
The state of emergency in Turkey is officially due to end on July 19.