‘Ter­ror­ist youths’ de­nied a de­gree

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Turkey’s pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­dog˘an (pic­tured) has urged an Is­tan­bul univer­sity to ex­pel stu­dents ar­rested after a demon­stra­tion against Turk­ish mil­i­tary ac­tiv­ity in Syria. Re­fer­ring to 15 stu­dents ar­rested at a peace­ful protest at Bog˘az­içi Univer­sity last month, Mr Er­dog˘an said: “Those are ter­ror­ist youths. We will con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions into them.” In com­ments re­ported by the Turk­ish Minute web­site, he added: “After iden­ti­fy­ing them, we will not let them get an ed­u­ca­tion at the uni­ver­si­ties be­cause a univer­sity is not a place for ed­u­cat­ing ter­ror­ist youths.” How­ever, more than 1,200 aca­demics have signed a pe­ti­tion calling for the re­lease of the stu­dents, stat­ing that their ar­rests “con­tinue a dis­turb­ing trend of crim­i­nal­is­ing po­lit­i­cal speech and dis­sent in Turkey”.

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