Turkey Sacks 10,000 More Civil Servants

Updated: Apr 30, 2019

Under a legislative decree published on Saturday, Turkish authorities fired more than 10,000 public servants for alleged ties to the movement affiliated with exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen and shut down 15 media outlets.

The new decree "made it easier to sack public officials believed to be members of terrorist organizations or groups involved in activities against the country's national security," state-run news agency Anadolu reported.

"The little formal autonomy we had at the universities has been totally abolished yesterday by the same decree which gives the 'elected' president the absolute power over the appointment of the university's rector positions. The institution of 'university' as we know it is over in Turkey," Halil Ibrahim Yenigun, a research fellow at the Europe in the Middle East (Transregionale Studien) who is currently in Berlin, informed Endangered Scholars Worldwide.

Yenigün himself was dismissed from his position at İstanbul Commerce University in February 2016 for signing the Academics for Peace petition.

More than 100,000 people had already been sacked or suspended, and 37,000 had been arrested since the abortive putsch in an unprecedented crackdown President Erdogan says is crucial for wiping out Gulen's network from the state apparatus.

Thousands more academics, teachers, health workers, prison guards, and forensics experts were among the latest to be removed from their posts through two new executive decrees published in the Official Gazette late on Saturday.

Opposition parties described the move as a coup in and of itself. The continued crackdown has also raised concerns over the functioning of the state.

"What the government and Erdogan are doing right now is a direct coup against the rule of law and democracy," Sezgin Tanrikulu, an MP from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), said in a Periscope broadcast posted on Twitter.

The updated tally of Turkish academics who have been fired from their positions and face prosecution is as follows: