July 19, 2016
Turkey Supports Its Local Thought Police
As part of its crackdown on citizens allegedly sympathetic to last week’s attempted coup, Turkey’s Education Ministry announced that it revoked the licenses of 21,000 teachers. In a manner reminiscent of McCarthyism on speed, thousands are losing their jobs thanks to anonymous tips, creating a witch hunt to find out who has ever said anything nice about Fethullah Gulen, the cleric being blamed for the coup. So far, a total of 49,337 public sector workers have lost their jobs and that number is expected to rise. President Erdogan already suggested reinstating the death penalty for treason but European leaders are trying to remind him that executions would mean Turkey couldn’t enter the EU. It’s unlikely that Erdogan, or anyone in Europe at this point, see that as an option for the near future.
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