Via The Guardian: Turkey sacks 15,000 education workers in purge after failed coup. Excerpt and then a comment:
Turkey has escalated its purge of government officials in the aftermath of the failed coup, with about 35,000 public servants affected by the end of the day despite a government spokesman insisting that the crackdown was being carried out in accordance with the rule of law.
In the latest developments on Tuesday, the government fired more than 15,000 employees at the education ministry, sacked 257 officials at the prime minister’s office and 492 clerics at the directorate for religious affairs. Additionally, more than 1,500 university deans were asked to resign.
It followed the firing of nearly 8,800 policemen, and the arrests of 6,000 soldiers, 2,700 judges and prosecutors, dozens of governors, and more than 100 generals – or just under one-third of the general corps. Some 20 news websites critical of the government have also been blocked.
The Turkish government says it is carrying out a legitimate security operation to safeguard the country in the aftermath of a failed coup that came close to toppling the elected president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the early hours of Saturday morning.
As a retired college instructor, I naturally take a dim view of sacking educators; sacking education-ministry bureaucrats and post-secondary administrators, however, provokes mixed feelings.
In particular, what has happened, and what will happen, to Turkey's medical schools? And to Turkey's medical professions in general?
Erdoğan's post-coup purge may buy him a few years of domestic silence, but it may prove to be a bonanza for other countries as Turkish health professionals seek better opportunities elsewhere in the world.