Turkey Fires 21,000 Teachers, Demands Suspension of Every University Dean after Failed Military Coup Attempt

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A portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk hangs next to a Turkish flag on the outside of a religious school in IstanbulI. AFP

A portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk hangs next to a Turkish flag on the outside of a religious school in IstanbulI. AFP

21,000 teachers were fired and all the country’s university deans were told they faced suspension in Turkey on Tuesday.

Just look at the numbers:

  • The licences of 21,000 staff working in private schools were revoked;
  • Over 15,000 employees at the education ministry were sacked;
  • The state-run higher education council demanded the resignation of 1,577 university deans.

The purge followed the failed attempt of military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ankara says Fethullah Gülen, who wields enormous influence in Turkey through loyalists in various parts of the state as well as a private school network, masterminded the attempt from his home in Pennsylvania.

“I’m sorry but this parallel terrorist organisation will no longer be an effective pawn for any country,” Binali Yildirim, Turkish PM, said.

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  • Adz

    French revolution, Iranian revolution, China’s Cultural Revolution, Cambodian purge by the Khmer Rouge, 1965 coup attempt in Indonesia, American revolution, etc … its all the same game of consolidating power by purging the old and creating the new. Collateral damage be damned.