Found themselves unemployed after a government decree shut down more than a dozen universities across the country, 2,500 academics now struggle to find job elsewhere over their alleged ties to the Gülen Movement.

The movement stands accused of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt which killed over 240 people and wounded others. While the government has, for many analysts, failed to back up its accusations with credible evidence so far, the movement vehemently denies any involvement.

In a parliamentary question to the Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Deputy Ceyhun İrgil stated on Sept. 14 that some 2,500 faculty members who became unemployed after the decree, also suffer from failing to find job at other universities.

“Is there any judicial reason that prevents these academics and university personnel from maintaining their careers?” asked İrgil.

More than 100,000 people have been sacked from state institutions over their alleged ties to the movement since the coup attempt while the government has detained 43,000 people and arrested 23,000 so far.

The abovementioned government decree which was issued under post-coup emergency rules on July 23 has led to closure of 15 universities over alleged links to the movement. The total number of schools, dormitories and universities shut down in post-coup crackdown, however, has reached up to as many as 2,099.

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