Turkey post-coup purge: Licenses of 21,000 teachers revoked, 1,577 deans ordered to resign


Turkey has revoked the licenses of 21,000 teachers working in personal establishments, an Education Ministry official advised Reuters. It’s the newest in a string of crackdowns on employees allegedly tied to the exiled cleric blamed for final week’s coup try. “The licenses of 21,000 teachers working in privately-run institutions have been cancelled. Tip-offs that these [people] are mostly linked with terrorist activities have been taken into consideration,” a ministry official mentioned.

An earlier report from the state-run Anadolu information company said the ministry had dismissed 15,200 training personnel.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s High Education Board has ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans in any respect universities – each private and non-private – throughout the nation, state broadcaster TRT reported. The information triggered the Turkish lira to weaken past 3 to the US greenback.

In addition, 399 staff of the Ministry of Family and Social Polices have been stripped of their obligations on Tuesday, and 257 folks working on the workplace of the prime minister have been additionally sacked, Anadolu reported.

Turkey’s courts have additionally ordered that 85 generals and admirals be jailed pending trial over their roles in Friday’s coup try. Among these arrested embrace former air power commander Gen. Akin Ozturk, who’s alleged to be a ringleader of the rebellion. Gen. Adem Hududi, commander of Turkey’s 2nd Army, which is in cost of countering potential threats from Syria, Iran, and Iraq, was additionally detained.

Thousands of officers suspected of hyperlinks to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen – who the federal government blames for the coup – have additionally been purged from the judiciary and Interior Ministry.

The latest sackings and requires resignation are the newest in a motion that Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says is geared toward eradicating the affect of Gulen “by its roots.” A complete of 49,337 public sector employees – together with army and police personnel – have misplaced their jobs since Friday, in accordance to Hurriyet.

President Erdogan and his authorities blame Gulen for orchestrating the coup try on Friday during which over 200 folks have been killed and 1,400 injured. Ankara has referred to as for Gulen’s extradition from the United States, the place he resides within the Pennsylvania city of Saylorsburg.

However, Gulen, 75, has rejected allegations that he was concerned within the try, telling prosecutors in a press release that he’s “not the person who planned or led the coup. Who planned it and directed it I do not know.”

He mentioned that Erdogan could have staged it himself – a declare which the Turkish president has referred to as “nonsensical.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry has mentioned that Turkey would wish to present “evidence, not allegations” in opposition to Gulen so as to have him extradited to Turkey.