Professor Yüksel Taşkın, one of 330 academics recently dismissed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), gave a lesson in the midst of falling snow in İstanbul, the t24 news website reported on Sunday.
“If you only focus on the injustices you face, that would be a big shame because the conscience has unity. When you only talk about unjust treatment against your people, that has nothing to do with conscience and the value of universality,” said Taşkın during the lesson in Abbasağa Park, situated in İstanbul’s Beşiktaş neighborhood, reminding of injustices committed against AKP people during the Feb. 28 coup era.
Underlining that 20 times more people have been purged by the AKP than the total number during the entire history of the republic, Taşkın said: “I am sad to have the shame of thought crime in this country.”
The “Democracy Lesson,” which was organized by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), was attended by CHP deputies Şafak Pavey, Selina Doğan, students and people at large.
According to the new decree issued on the evening of Feb. 7, 4,464 people working in government service, including teachers, academics, police officers, soldiers, members of the judiciary and journalists, were purged from their jobs.
Over 20,000 academics have been purged in Turkey as part of a post-coup crackdown.