The Turkish government blames Gulen for organizing the July 15th coup attempt. Since the coup attempt, Turkey has been under a state of emergency, which grants the authorities sweeping powers.
19 of the suspended, including 2 chiefs of police, were serving at the Department of Presidential Security responsible for the close protection of the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his family. Department of Presidential Security is also responsible for providing security services for presidency offices and surrounding premises for 24 hours.
36 police officers of the Parliament Security Service, including 2 high-ranking personnel, were also among the suspended. One of the policemen who was suspended from his job at the Parliament Security Service committed suicide after having learned that his name was on the list. Reportedly before the suicide, he called his close relatives and wrote on his social media account: “I am not a traitor. I have never betrayed my country.”
By Bulent Korkmaz