Turkish students clash with police during protest against uni rector appointed by Erdogan

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Published on January 5, 2021 by

Turkish students clashed with police outside Bogazici University, in Istanbul, as they demonstrated against the president’s appointing his ally Melih Bulu as its new rector. Bulu had reportedly applied to run for parliament as a candidate for the ruling Justice and Development Party in 2015. The move sparked criticism from academics and students alike, who said it was undemocratic and undermined academic freedom. Faculty staff and university council members stated that they were in solidarity with the students, while the dean of student affairs resigned her position after the appointment was announced.

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