Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a three-month state of emergency in the aftermath of last week’s bloody coup attempt in which 246 people died and 1,536 were wounded.
Turkey has now fired or suspended about 50,000 people after the failed coup over the weekend as it intensifies its vast purge — battering the country’s security forces and many of its democratic institutions.
Teachers, journalists, police and judges alike have been caught in a net authorities are casting wider by the day, in what is increasingly looking like a witch-hunt to suppress dissent. In total, more than 9,400 people are being detained, the vast majority of them from the military.
Meanwhile, the Turkish higher board of education has prohibited all academics from traveling abroad, according to local broadcaster TRT.
Also, the authorities canceled the licenses of 21,000 private-school teachers, bringing the total number of dismissed professionals to almost 60,000, according to Bloomberg estimates.
Academics around the world have expressed their outrage at the situation and have condemned the crackdown on education and media.