After failed coup, Erdogan tightens his grip, bans academics from travelling abroad
Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after the failed coup is tightening his grip over various sections of the polity. After detaining more than 6000 people and purging hundreds of judges and state employees, the government has now banned academics from travelling abroad.
The government has asked all those academics who work abroad to return to the country at shortest possible time.
Quoting government officials Reuters reported that the government decision to ban academicians from going abroad is a short term measure. The government officials were quoted as saying that this was intended to stop the coup plotters in universities from fleeing abroad.
The government has already suspended more than 21,000 teachers.
According to reports 1,577 university deans (faculty heads) have been asked to resign in addition and 15,000 education ministry officials.
As soon as the coup attempt failed the purge began with security forces and then it spread to other areas including the judiciary.
Erdogan government is targeting those who who have allegiance towards US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkey accused Gulen for coup attempt.
Higher Education Council has asked university authorities examine the situation of all academic and administrative personnel” linked to what it calls the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) and report back by 5 August.
Turkey has been demanding the US to extradite Fethullah Gulen.
In another development Turkey has barred access to Wikileaks website after it published more 3,00,000 emails sent by Erdogan’s AK party.
Wikileaks said it decided to publish the emails in response to government’s post-coup purges.
Meanwhile Turkey has resumed military operations against Kurd rebels killing 20 people.
Erdogan has earlier said that he is mulling to reinstate the death penalty in the country in the wake of the coup attempt.
“In democracies, decisions are made based on what the people say. I think our government will speak with the opposition and come to a decision.” He said reacting to the demands by certain sections to bring back capital punishment.
Death penalty was abolished in Turkey in 2004 as part of the reforms intended to get membership in the European Union (EU).