Ankara closes down 370 NGOs

OLIVER BERG

Kurds and Alevi with flags and banners protest against the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Cologne, Germany, 12 November 2016. Around 10,000 Alevi and Kurds gathered for a demonstration against the policies of Turkish President Erdogan.

Ankara closes down 370 NGOs


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Turkey halted the activities of 370 non-governmental organizations on Friday evening, Reuters reports.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus says the NGOs “are not shut down” but are mere “suspended” pending an investigation. He did, however, claim there was evidence these organizations had “terrorist links.”

On Saturday, Kurtlumus said the organizations were mainly Kurdish and Gulenist. The Ministry of Interior was more specific than the Deputy Prime Minister, providing a rough list of allegations: of the 370 NGOs suspended, 153 were allegedly linked to the Gulen movement, 190 to the Kurdish PKK, 19 to the far-left DHKP-C, and eight to Islamic State.

The suspension of operation is taking place without a court order, which is possible due to the current state of emergency.

Turkey calls the Gulenist movement “FETO”: “Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation.” More than a hundred thousand public officers, military personnel, journalists, teachers, and academics have been dismissed and/or arrested since the attempted coup in July.

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