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December 19, 2013

Turkish police heroes?

Turks respond to the firing of five police chiefs involved in the country's anti-corruption crackdown.

People arrested as part of a probe into alleged corruption arrive at the hospital for a medical check-up at the start of their custody in Istanbul on December 18 ,2013. (AFP/OZAN KOSE)

The heads of five departments in Istanbul's police force were dismissed a day after officers detained more than 50 people on alleged corruption charges, including the sons of three cabinet ministers. 
Turkish citizens online tweeted their condemnation of the firing of these officers using the hashtag #5KahramanPolis or "Five hero cops". The hashtag has been mentioned more than 250,000 times in the past day.