Police detained purge victim teachers in southeast Turkey, opposition deputy says

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Turkish police on Tuesday raided a private educational institution and detained teachers previously purged from their jobs in the southeastern Turkish province of Batman, the TR724 news website reported, citing a tweet by opposition deputy and human rights activist Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu.

“Happened this morning in Batman: the police raided a study center and heavy-handedly detained purged teachers in front of their students,” Gergerlioğlu tweeted.

“How do you expect these teachers to earn a living?” he went on to say, referring to government obstructions that limit job prospects for people dismissed from public service.

After a failed coup in 2016, the Turkish government sacked nearly 150,000 civil servants in a series state of emergency decrees. Teachers working for the Education Ministry represented about 40 percent of the purge victims.

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