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22 academics dismissed from R. T. Erdoğan University over coup charges

Twenty-two academics were dismissed from the 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 academics include 16 associate professors, four assistant professors, a research assistant and a full professor. Another associate professor is still under investigation, according to Turkish media.

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

Apart from detentions, 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 this year by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, BBC Turkish reported in late November. (Turkey Purge)

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