Tur­key sacks 10 000 civil ser­vants, shuts me­dia out­lets

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TUR­KEY has dis­missed an­other 10 000 civil ser­vants and closed 15 more me­dia out­lets over sus­pected links with “ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions” and US-based cleric Fethul­lah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for or­ches­trat­ing a failed coup.

More than 100 000 peo­ple have al­ready been sacked or sus­pended and 37 000 ar­rested since the July coup at­tempt, in an un­prece­dented crack­down the gov­ern­ment says is nec­es­sary to root out all coup sup­port­ers 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 is­sued late on Satur­day.

The lat­est De­cree aims at si­lenc­ing the Kur­dish press com­pletely. The gov­ern­ment wants to keep the peo­ple un­in­formed. Op­po­si­tion par­ties de­nounced the con­tin­ued crack­down, which has also raised con­cerns over the func­tion­ing of the state.

“What the gov­ern­ment and [Pres­i­dent Tayyip] 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.

Fif­teen more news­pa­pers, wires, and mag­a­zines that re­port from the largely Kur­dish south­east were shut­tered, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions closed to nearly 160.

In an­other move, the abil­ity of uni­ver­si­ties to elect their own rec­tors was also abol­ished. Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan will now di­rectly ap­point nom­i­nees.

The ex­tent of the crack­down has wor­ried rights groups and many of Tur­key’s West­ern al­lies, who fear Er­do­gan is us­ing emer­gency rule to erad­i­cate dis­sent. The gov­ern­ment said its ac­tions are jus­ti­fied fol­low­ing the coup at­tempt on July 15, when more than 240 peo­ple died.

Er­do­gan has said au­thor­i­ties need more time to wipe out the threat posed by the coup plotters, as well as Kur­dish armed groups that have waged a 32-year in­sur­gency that has killed about 40,000 peo­ple.

Ankara wants the United States to de­tain and ex­tra­dite Gulen so that he can be pros­e­cuted in Tur­key on a charge that he mas­ter­minded the at­tempt to over­throw the gov­ern­ment. Gulen, who has lived in self-im­posed ex­ile in Penn­syl­va­nia since 1999, de­nies any in­volve­ment.

Speak­ing to re­porters at a re­cep­tion mark­ing Repub­lic Day on Satur­day, Er­do­gan said he wants the re­in­state­ment of the death penalty, a de­bate that emerged fol­low­ing the coup at­tempt. — Al Jazeera

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