October 2016: Turkey Suspends 5% of Police Force

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of October 2016.

1. Columbian Peace Deal Defeated 2. Turkey Fires 5% of Police Force 3. 2016 Nobel Prizes 4. Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency 5. Houthis Target Navy Ship, USN Retaliates 6. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej Dies at 88 7. Boko Haram Releases 21 Chibok Schoolgirls 8. Iraq Launches Liberation of Mosul 9. Russia Announces "Humanitarian Pause" in Aleppo 10. Cease-Fire in Yemen 11. Police Van Plows into Philippine Protestors 12. Philippine President Duterte Courts China 13. Britain Invokes Turing's Law to Pardon Thousands 14. France Closes Refugee Camp, "The Jungle" 15. Police Training Camp in Pakistan Attacked 16. India's Tata Group Fires Leader 17. Thousands of Anti-Government Protesters Gather in Venezuela 18. Justice Dept. Files Charges in India-Based IRS Scam 19. Thousands Protest, Calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye's Resignation 20. Protests in Morocco Following Death of Fishmonger

Turkey Suspends 5% of Police Force
Image of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan
On October 4, 2016, Turkey announces that the government is suspending 13,000 police officers, 33 air force officers, and is shutting down the television station IMC for allegedly spreading terrorist propaganda. This move is meant to reassert control after the failed coup of July 2016. The suspended officers are linked to Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government blames for the coup that killed 240 people. However, Gulen denies any involvement and is currently in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. The police suspensions are ordered just hours after a 90-day extension of the state of emergency is declared, which allows president Tayyip Erdogan to make decisions without permissions from the constitutional court.
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