An expert on religious studies and a visiting scholar at Turkey’s Karabük University, Canadian professor Clyde Forsberg has asked for help via social media after police raided his home amid massive purge against intellectuals launched following the July 15 coup attempt.
“Everyone! Friends! The police have come to my home. They are searching the apartment and will arrest me. I was not there and am not there. I dare not disclose my location. Please phone the media and authorities to expose this outrageous nonsense. I will post again in a few hours. I’m most afraid for my family’s welfare,” Forsberg wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.
Prior to Saturday raid, Forsberg was reportedly interrogated by police and released. According to Samanyolu Haber, he refused to sign the copy of his interrogation which was typed only in Turkish language.
Forsberg earlier worked as an assistant professor at Fatih University, which the Turkish government seized over its links to the Gulen Movement.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 260 people and wounded more than thousand people. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter has repudiated such claims, condemning any intervention into democratically elected administration.
Turkey’s Councel of Higher Education (YÖK) has suspended 5,342 academicians and university personnel as part of investigations into coup attempt since July 15. The number of overall dismissals has reached up to some 80,000 when considered all state institutions.
A total of 15 universities were shut down by the government and some 15,000 people have been arrested.