Post-coup purge extends to education system

By Independent Turkey

The purge of people with suspected sympathies toward the organisers of Friday’s failed coup attempt has reached the education sector.


Police arrest soldiers involved in Turkey’s coup attempt on Friday. Source: Nehanda Radio

Some 21,000 teachers at private schools have had their licenses revoked, 15,000 state teachers have been relieved of their jobs, and 1,557 deans at universities across the country have been asked to resign in the latest crackdown by the Turkish government.

Academics on overseas trips have been ordered to return to Turkey, and those still in the country have been barred from leaving. The ban extends to all state employees, some 4.7 % of the population.

The lira has plummeted in response, and is nearing all-time lows. Moody’s said on Monday it is considering changing Turkey’s status from Baa3, already the lowest investment grade rating, to junk, which could trigger an outflow of foreign investment.

In the wake of the unsuccessful effort by a junta within the Turkish Armed Forces to overthrow the Turkish government late on July 15, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has responded swiftly with a crackdown on people suspected of sympathy towards US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen’s network of supporters. The government has accused Gülen and his organization, known as Cemaat, of masterminding the putsch.

A total of around 60,000 people have now been arrested, dismissed or suspended, according to Bloomberg. This includes 8,000 police, 30 provincial governors, and 257 staff of the prime minister’s office. Already, 99 generals have been charged for their involvement. However, 22 soldiers detained for their involvement were released Wednesday.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 25 radio and TV services have had their licenses removed. It is unclear at this stage which outlets this applies to.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to make announcements to stabilize the situation after cabinet and National Security Council meetings.

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