Turkish authorities have laid off 1,500 prison employees and supervisors, reported Reuters, citing Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.

According to him, the people laid off are under investigation for links to Fethullah Gulen. Ankara claims that the cleric living in the USA is behind the coup attempt on July 15.

Ankara also stopped 20 TV channels claiming that they spread “terrorist propaganda”. Most of the TV channels belong to the Kurdish community in Turkey.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Erdogan criticised the Lausanne Peace Treaty of 1923 which established the borders of the contemporary Turkish Republic.

Turkish media perceive the statement as a veiled criticism of the founder of the republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who saw the Lausanne Treaty as a victory after the damaging for Turkey Treaty of Sevres.