Trustees appointed to 3 private schools in Van in gov’t-led move

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Trustees were appointed to three private schools in eastern Van province on Sunday, in yet another government-initiated move targeting the Gülen movement, a grassroots initiative comprising people inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

Gürbüz Büyükbayram, Serkan Taş and Zübeyir Etlan were appointed as trustees to 3 private schools within Serhat Education Institutions as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged “parallel state.”

“Parallel state” or “parallel structure” is a term invented by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to refer to the members of Gülen movement whom he accuses of trying to “topple the government.”

President Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government launched an all-out war against the Gülen movement, after a corruption investigation targeting people in Erdoğan’s inner circle became public with a wave of detentions on Dec. 17, 2013.

Erdoğan accused police officers, judges and prosecutors he claimed are linked with Gülen movement of being behind the investigation, which he branded as a “coup attempt.”

The movement strongly denies the allegations against it.

The move to appoint trustees comes amidst escalating government pressure on members of the Gülen movement as well as business groups, hospitals and schools affiliated with it.

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