35 Turkish Diplomats, Family Members Seek Asylum in Germany

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Officials say 35 Turkish diplomats and family members have applied for asylum in Germany since the failed military coup in Turkey.

The Turkish government has launched a massive crackdown on people suspected of sympathizing with the US-based businessman Fethullah Gulen, who it accuses of instigating the coup attempt in July.

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German Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth declined Monday to say how many of the 35 asylum seekers were diplomats and how many were family members, citing privacy rules, AP reported.

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He also said that since diplomatic status isn’t normally part of the asylum application the actual figure might be higher.

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Germany has a large Turkish minority, numbering more than 3 million, due to decades of migration of laborers and Turks claiming persecution at home.