As part of a post-coup-attempt purge, the Turkish government dismissed 1,267 more academics from universities under new state of emergency decrees issued on Saturday.
Taking into account those who lost their jobs after the government’s post-coup decrees closed down 15 universities over their alleged links to the movement, at least 6,337 academics have become jobless since a foiled coup attempt of July 15.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
Despite Gülen and the movement having denied the accusation, Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
Over 74,000 have been detained and more than 34,000 arrested since the coup attempt.