Turkey’s Çanakkale 18 Mart University (ÇOMÜ) has taken out of its libraries a total of 3,949 books written by the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen and his sympathizers, in the latest of similar paranoiac attempts proliferated in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt.
Lacking any credible evidence so far, the government accuses the movement of masterminding the attempt, labelling the scholar as the leader of an alleged terrorist network.
The university removed 526 copies of books written by Gülen along with 3,423 others that were published by publishing houses confiscated over their links to the movement.
“ÇOMÜ’s central library and libraries at its faculties have blocked access to nearly 4,000 books by managers and supporters of FETÖ terrorist organization since July 15. Some of those books were submitted to police stations,” rector Yücel Acer proudly announced.
Earlier, an Education Ministry bureaucrat suggested that the government might consider removing “Milky Way” phrase from textbooks in order to avoid resemblance with the names of the schools linked to the Gülen movement. Many science-focused schools affiliated with the movement across Turkey carried the name Samanyolu, which translates into Milky Way, until they were confiscated by the government in the recent past.
Last week, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Osman said a textbook was banned just because it features Fethullah Gülen’s initials in a practice question that reads: ‘… from point F to point G …’ during the same meeting.
Textbooks that the government has destroyed over their allegedly harmful content weigh 13,000 tons and cost TL 50 million ($16 million), Budak said.
In September Turkey’s Education Ministry said it would republish 58 state-distributed textbooks in order to eliminate any subliminal messages from what the government calls the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).
The same month Turkey’s Sivas University pulled off the shelf of its libraries all copies of books written by Gülen and his alleged supporters and destroyed them with a shredder.
Also, license plates including the letters “FG” have already been removed from vehicles belonging to the Denizli Courthouse.