International

More Than 50,000 Fired in Turkey as Erdogan Expands Crackdown

More Than 50,000 Fired in Turkey as Erdogan Expands Crackdown

Photo: CNN
Photo: CNN

President Recep Erdogan has expanded his purge of coup supporters in Turkey, with a total dismissal of more than 50,000 workers in the country’s education and government sectors.

According to Turkish media, 15,200 teachers and other education staff have been sacked and 1,577 university deans were ordered to resign, while 8,777 interior ministry workers, 1,500 staff members from the finance ministry and 257 individuals from the prime minister’s office were also fired.

Turkey has also banned all academics from travelling abroad days after a similar ban was imposed on public servants. There are more than three million public servants working in Turkey.

Erdogan has faced wide criticism of conducting a “witch hunt” against his opposition and after the failed coup. On Tuesday, Wikileaks stated their servers were under sustained attack after announcing that they will release unspecified documents pertaining to Turkey’s political structure, the Independent reported.

Turkish president Recep Tayyib Erdogan will hold a meeting Wednesday with national security leaders, the first for Erdogan in Ankara since the coup. Erdogan said the meeting will be followed by an “important decision,” raising expectations to widen the purge, the Washington Post reported.

Concerns over respect of human rights increased in Turkey as Erdogan pointed to the possibility of death penalties against coup plotters and participants. Turkey had abolished the death penalty in 2004 in hopes of locking down its membership in the European Union. The EU’s current foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned Erdogan that reinstating capital punishment would automatically block Turkey from ascending to the Union.

The Decimation of Alexandria's Architectural Heritage
Four Doctors Referred to Investigation for Promoting Egyptian Military's 'Hepatitis Cure Device'

Subscribe to our newsletter


International

Noura Shibl is a senior journalism student at the American University in Cairo, with an interest in photography. Hoping to report meaningful and unbiased stories about Egypt.

More in International

burqa759

Morocco ‘Bans Sale of the Burqa’

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 11, 2017
3bf3752200000578-4099046-the_killer_reversed_this_white_truck_over_the_soldiers_to_ensure-a-37_1483891567442

Four Israeli Soldiers Killed in Jerusalem ‘ISIS Truck Attack’

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 8, 2017
esteban

Five Killed in Florida Airport Shooting

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 7, 2017
istanbul

35 Killed in New Year’s Nightclub Terror Attack in Istanbul

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 1, 2017
The Israeli flag flying over Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters)

‘Day of Victory’: US Abstains, UN Demands End to Israeli Settlements

Egyptian StreetsDecember 24, 2016
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, center, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, hold hands after signing an agreement on sharing water from the Nile River, in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, March 23, 2015. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Monday signed an initial agreement on sharing water from the Nile River that runs through the three countries, as Ethiopia constructs a massive new dam it hopes will help alleviate its electricity shortages. El-Sissi, al-Bashir and Desalegn welcomed the agreement in speeches in Khartoum’s Republican Palace on Monday. (AP Photo/Abd Raouf)

Saudi Arabian Visit to Ethiopia Dam Tests Egyptian-Saudi Relations

Farah TawfeekDecember 21, 2016
Credit: AP

Gunman Who Attacked Mosque in Zurich Found Dead

Egyptian StreetsDecember 20, 2016
20turkey-6-superjumbo

Russian Ambassador to Turkey Assassinated by Turkish Police Officer

Egyptian StreetsDecember 20, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.