From leaks to local journalists and occasional bulletins by the government, the nearest statistic for the total number of Turks imprisoned – even for a few weeks – now comes to a grand (and shocking) total of 70,756.
Any Arab state would arrest a citizen who merely uttered such figures – but these revelations are now part of the government’s propaganda war in Turkey. You know nothing yet, the authorities are telling their people – just look at the figures! The plot was larger than even you believed! Whether the public do believe this, they must surely know the arrests will continue.
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