Turkey’s aggressive purge of government agencies continued apace today, with tens of thousands of people having now been sacked for suspicion of involvement in last Friday’s failed coup. The push shows no signs of slowing down
The Education Ministry has fired 15,200 people, while the Interior Ministry has fired 8,777. The Board of Higher Education has fired every single dean from every single university in the country, public or private, another 1,577 total.
Even that seems to just be the start, with 492 Religious Affairs Ministry personnel expelled, and the National Intelligence Organization, the nation’s main spy agency, suspending some 100 people on suspicion of links to the Gulen Movement. Even the Social Policy Ministry fired 393 people.
It’s hard to imagine that this many government-employed people were really involved in the coup, or even linked with the Gulen Movement. Cases in which virtually entire classes of employees, like the university deans, were targeted suggests the government is just keen to get their own allies into positions of influence.
The tens of thousands who found themselves unemployed may well be the lucky ones, ultimately, as upwards of 9,000 government employees, including judges and military personnel, have been arrested in connection with the coup.
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How do they fire all the Deans of private universities? You’d think they’d be under private contracts if they’re at private organizations.
They’re licensed…he just revoked their licenses…voilà – fired.
July 19, 2016 Erdogan Moves to Consolidate Power After Failed Military Coup
Baris Karaagac and Ariel Salzmann discuss the July 15th coup attempt and say the Turkish president will use the crisis to eliminate all dissent from the judiciary and the military.
Well, if Erdogan thought that he had opposition, after what’s done/doing I’m pretty sure he will be correct. I’m guessing that putting people – a lot of people – out of work is not going to win him much support. And firing a bunch of generals and admirals might just be a dangerous path to take. There is just no way he can possibly watch his back all the time, ya know?
And I’m not surprised the US Administration refuses to speak out against Erdogan. He must have them securely by the brass stones. But then on second thought, how can that be since they’d already been castrated by the Israelis.
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