Istanbul-Based Marmara University announced on 11 Aug that it has laid off 88 of its staff and also asked the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK) to strip 43 of its academics of their licenses as part of Turkish government’s widening crackdown after the failed military coup attempt.

In the statement, the university management said: “88 people have been laid off after the failed coup attempt on July 15. 43 academics have been reported to YÖK for the revocation of their licenses.”

The Turkish government managed to suppress the coup attempt and launched a large-scale crackdown across the country on media, public servants, judges, prosecutors and teachers, along with rebels within the army.

The detentions, arrests, dismissals and massive purges that followed the crackdown widened and increased after a state of emergency was declared on July 20, concentrating power formally into the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by allowing him and his cabinet to make laws by fiat.