31 Istanbul University Academics Detained

July 26, 2016

Thirty-one academics from Istanbul University were detained on Monday on the suspicion that they have links to what the government calls the “Fethullah Terrorist Organization,” Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkey's government blames followers of the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen for a July 15 coup attempt, to which it has responded with widespread purges in the education sector and state institutions more broadly (Gülen has denied involvement in the failed coup). Dozens of American and European higher education groups have expressed their concern about the crackdown on Turkish academe.

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