The newly appointed administration of Turkey’s largest Kurdish city, Diyarbakır dismissed 37 teachers and employees at Zarokistan kindergarten.
Diyarbakır is among the tens of municipalities the government has seized as part of its crackdown against Kurdish population in recent months. Trustees have been appointed to dozens of municipalities while hundreds of local Kurdish politicians have been arrested on terror charges. Meanwhile, 12 pro-Kurdish HDP deputies are currently being kept in jail.
Out of 49 personnel at Zarokistan day care center, 37 had their contracts cancelled by the municipality as of Feb. 20, Haberdar reported.
The center’s general manager Fazilet Yuva, also among those dismissed, said the reason for their dismissals are yet to be known.
However, “the trustee has probably resorted to such a measure because children are able to be taught in Kurdish language here,” Yuva said adding that the center is a multilingual facility.
According to Turkish media earlier this week, Cumali Atilla, Diyarbakır’s new mayor has also asked local football team Amedspor to change its pro-Kurdish name.