A state of emergency was imposed in Istanbul on July 18 and 1,800 additional special police forces have been deployed to the city.
Meanwhile, Turkey has removed 8,000 police across the country due to alleged links with the failed coup attempt, Reputers reported on Monday.
The EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, criticised Erdogan’s actions on Monday and noted that string of arrests in Turkey is “exactly what we have feared.”
“There was a statement by [EU foreign policy chief Federica] Mogherini and myself immediately after the [attempted] coup d’etat and we already stated that we expect that the follow-up of this event should be along rule of law standards, international rule of law standards, and what we see it’s not really met,” Hahn said.
A total of 103 generals and admirals have been detained in Turkey after the failed coup.