Around 50,000 people have been suspended or detained and academics have been banned from leaving Turkey, as President Erdogan continues his crackdown in the wake of a failed coup attempt.
Soldiers, police, judges and teachers make up the bulk of the people detained since fighting broke out on Friday night in Turkey’s capital Ankara, Istanbul and elsewhere.
The government has also moved to revoke the licenses of 21,000 teachers at private schools, state run media reports.
They have been accused of ties to the plot or suspected of links to a U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen whom authorities accuse of being the behind the plot. However, Gullen has denied any involvement in the coup attempt.
Turkey will announce emergency measures on Wednesday to try to shore up stability and prevent damage to the economy.
Erdogan has chaired a crunch security meeting for the first time since the failed coup, teasing that it would lead to an ‘important decision’, as global alarm grew over the widening purge.