'Advanced Islamist dictatorship' Turkey suspends leave for over 3 million civil servants. (ET).
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has suspended the annual leave of more than three million civil servants nationwide until further notice, according to a government order published on Monday.
The order, published in Turkey’s Official Gazette, comes amid a wide-ranging government purge of the civil service, judiciary, police and armed forces following an abortive coup attempt by a faction of the army on Friday evening.
Civil servants already on leave will return to their posts as soon as possible, the order said. Hmmm......They suspended their leave to prevent them leaving the country, in order to round up more opposition. Read more here.
4.7% of the population now banned from leaving Turkey (public sector employees). Certain ppl w special passports can do so w prior consent.— Isobel Finkel (@is_fink) July 18, 2016
It appears ALL Turkish citizens face extra challenges to go abroad, will need papers from the SGK (social security). https://t.co/a7FjaS1C8q— Can Okar (@canokar) July 18, 2016
Public servants turned away at airports today - apparently banned from leaving. Now their annual leave is cancelled: https://t.co/5m6ww0tIR6— Ankaralı Jan (@06JAnk) July 18, 2016