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Police seal off workshop established by socialist students in Ankara

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Hours after Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced that 18 foundations and 13 health associations had been shuttered by a new government decree issued under the emergency rule currently in force in the country, Turkish police have reportedly sealed off the buildings of a workshop established by a group of socialist students in Ankara.

The Fabrika Kolektif Üretim Merkezi [Factory Collective Production Center] was sealed off as it had links to terrorist organizations or groups deemed to be acting against “national interests,” according to the Turkish government.

The government has recently issued two new state of emergency decrees, known as KHKs, dismissing 3,974 people including 484 academics from state institutions while banning matchmaking programs on TV.

A total of 1,037, including a general from the Turkish military, 1,127 from the Justice Ministry, 216 from the Ministry of Health, 56 from the Gendarmerie, 120 from the Coast Guard and 201 from the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) were dismissed, the highest figures in the new KHKs.

The scholarships of 59 exchange students who were studying abroad, mostly in the US and the UK, have also been cancelled with the new decree.

Eighteen foundations and 13 health associations were shuttered by the decree. Fourteen associations were also closed, while five were allowed to reopen. (Turkey Purge)

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