Nilgün Toker, the head of philosophy department at İzmir’s Ege University until she was dismissed, has said she was not even allowed to pack her belonging at her former office at the university.
Toker is among 631 academics who were dismissed in the latest post-coup government decree that was issued on Jan. 6. Toker is also among her colleages who signed a long-debated declaration that criticized Turkish military action in the largely Kurdish southeast in early 2016.
The declaration accuses the government of carrying out heavy-handed operations in Turkey’s southeast region where the outlawed PKK militants and the military has been in clashes since a breakdown in the years-long ceasefire between the two in July, 2015. It was signed by more than 1,000 intellectuals both from inside and outside Turkey including US philosopher Noam Chomsky.
“I worked at this building for 30 years and I have greeted almost everyone at this building over the past years. Now I want to get into there and pack my stuff and bid farewell. Doing this, I don’t want to be alone, I wanna be with my friends but they don’t let me in,” Toker said on her social media account before adding: “I won’t forget, I won’t forget the names of those who are responsible for this.”