Almost 800 Turkish Labor Ministry Staff Fired Over Gulen Ties, Minister Says

Some 100,000 people in the military, civil service, police and judiciary have been sacked or suspended following the failed July 15 coup attempt.

Protesters hold a plane model with an attached toy depicting Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen during a massive anti-coup rally in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.Umit Bektas, Reuters

REUTERS - Some 785 members of Turkey's Labor Ministry have been sacked for ties to the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who Ankara blames for orchestrating a failed coup in July, Turkish Labor Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said on Thursday.

Muezzinoglu made the comment at a meeting with reporters in the capital, Ankara. Some 100,000 people in the military, civil service, police and judiciary have been sacked or suspended following the failed July 15 coup attempt, when a group of rogue soldiers attempted to topple the government.