Turkish police, once again, attack Boğaziçi University students

Peacefully protesting students were attacked, detained, tortured, threatened, and beaten by the police. Last night the same attacks took place. The police first attacked the students and forced them to disperse, then attacked the dispersed students leaving, walking back from the gathering site. The government forces also attacked the press trying to get pictures of the police assault.

Turkish police, once again, attack Boğaziçi University students

Turkish police, once again, attack Boğaziçi University students

The police surrounded the Kadiköy neighborhood of Istanbul after getting information about a student protest rally.

However, this didn’t stop Boğaziçi University’sUniversity’s students from protesting the anti-democratic, top-down appointment of a lackey supporter of Erdoğan as the rector.

The students and the faculty have been protesting since Melih Bulu, a staunch supporter of the ruling AKP party, was appointed as a rector to their Boğaziçi University on January 1, 2021.

The new appointee was a candidate running for the AKP in 2015. He tried downplaying this relationship with the government by saying, “That was a long time ago.” He is trying to show himself as a non-political academician when he has spent years cozying up to Turkey’sTurkey’s rulers.

Boğaziçi is one of the top universities in academics and has accreditations from many world-leading universities. Traditionally it governs itself with democratic means and elects a rector from its faculty ranks.

When the new rector was appointed, his academic performance also came to scrutiny. When it was revealed that he had plagiarized in his dissertations, he withdrew the papers from the internet and hid them.

Students and faculty refuse to be governed by a government lackey, a plagiarizing political figure, a government “yes man,” who will destroy an academically successful institution.

Facing an economic catastrophe, the Turkish government is hard-pressed to find funds. With the unprecedented mismanagement and corruption led by Erdoğan’s son-in-law as the Ministry of Finance, the country is left with uncertainty, disaster, theft, and looting of its treasury.

Erdoğan’s son-in-law Finance Minister disappeared one night, a couple of months ago, with a Twitter message saying he was quitting for health reasons. Together with his resignation, 128 billion US dollars disappeared from the treasury.

The government is selling land, forests, ports, and any state asset it can get its hands on.

Boğaziçi University sits on a very expensive piece of land, and there are plans to move the school to someplace else and sell the property.

The appointment also targets to break any resistance that may come from well-educated students who oppose the dictatorship, religious, crony, and nepotistic one-man rule of Erdoğan.

Peacefully protesting students were attacked, detained, tortured, threatened, and beaten by the police.

Last night the same attacks took place. The police first attacked the students and forced them to disperse, then attacked the dispersed students leaving, walking back from the gathering site.

The government forces also attacked the press trying to get pictures of the police assault.

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