Gendarmes escort former member of Council of State to son’s funeral

Haşim Güney, a former member of Turkey’s State Council who was imprisoned in July 2016 after a failed coup and whose 26-year-old son Emre Güney recently died by suicide in Istanbul, was escorted to his son’s funeral on Friday by a group of gendarmes, reported the Turkish Minute.

Emre Güney, a 26-year-old university student, died Wednesday after jumping from the observation deck of Galata Tower, a tourist destination in Istanbul, reportedly from depression caused by his father’s detention in a post-coup purge . After his father’s arrest, he began undergoing psychological treatment.

After the attempted coup on July 15, 2016, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency under the pretext of fighting the coup and carried out a massive purge of state institutions. More than 130,000 civil servants, including 4,156 judges and prosecutors, and 29,444 members of the armed forces were summarily removed from their jobs by emergency decrees known as KHKs for suspected membership of or affiliations with “terrorist organizations” outside of judicial or parliamentary scrutiny.

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The Gülen Movement, a faith group inspired by Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, has been accused by the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of being behind the failed coup and has been labeled a “terrorist organization,” though the movement denies involvement in the coup attempt and denies any terrorist involvement Activity.

Güney was sentenced to 10 years in prison for membership in the Gülen movement. He has been in prison for six years.

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Güney was taken to his son’s funeral in the care of gendarmes. He was reportedly given two days’ leave for the funeral, but stayed with his family for only five hours before being taken back to prison in the central Anatolian province of Kırıkkale.

Human rights defender and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu and Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) MP Mustafa Yeneroğlu attended Emre’s funeral.

“No one should doubt that the KHKs are a crime against humanity, a genocide! How can people remain silent about this injustice?” Gergerlioğlu tweeted after the funeral.

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The fired officers lost 70 percent of their average monthly income, a circumstance that, according to a survey, put them in great financial distress.

The relatives of the victims who took part in the survey named economic hardship (97.9 percent) as the greatest problem, followed by psychological stress (88.6 percent), loss of social prestige and social exclusion (83.7 percent), disintegration of social circles (83, 1 percent), unemployment/unemployment (80.4 percent) and lack of social security (73.2 percent).

Before Güney’s suicide, a total of 84 people had died by suicide in Turkey as a result of post-coup purges since 2016, according to data released by Brussels-based human rights monitor Solidarity with OTHERS.

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