Twenty-two academics were dispelled from Rize-based Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University’s Medical Faculty, as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding an attempted coup on July 15.

The implicated academics included 16 associate professors, 4 assistant professors, a research assistant and a professor. Another associate professor is still under investigation, according to Turkish media.

Turkey has already detained 80,000 people and arrested 41,000 over coup charges. Among them many academics, journalists, judges, lawyers, prosecutors and teachers.

Apart from detainments, some 19,800 academics have been dismissed, stripped of the right to teach at universities or have become unemployed due to the closure of their universities by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, BBC Turkish reported in late November, this year.

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