Turkish academic Betül Havva Aymaz, who was dismissed from her position as part of a government purge following a failed coup on July 15, says she is stuck in Germany because Turkish government has recently cancelled her passport on the grounds that a warrant for her detention is outstanding back in Turkey.
According to T24 news portal, research assistant Aymaz has been dismissed from her job at Eskişehir Osmangazi University by a recently issued gov’t decree for her alleged ties to the Gülen movement.
She is among the Turkish citizens whose passports were cancelled by Turkish gov’t as part of measures taken after the coup attempt.
Aymaz has announced that she is going to hold peaceful sit-in everyday between 12 a.m.-1 p.m. in German city of Tübingen to protest her “unlawful” dismissal.
Aymaz is one of the signatories of a peace declaration criticizing curfews declared in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeastern districts in 2015.
A new decree issued on last Tuesday purged a total of 4,464 civil servants from state bodies, among them 115 academics who signed the declaration along with over 1,100 other academics from 90 universities across Turkey on Jan. 11 of last year.
The peace declaration called on the government to halt the operations by security forces in southeastern Turkey, restore peace to the nation and return to the negotiating table to restart shelved talks with the Kurds to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue.
POLICE DETAIN 31 DISMISSED PUBLIC WORKERS IN MALATYA
At least 31 former public workers were detained during a demonstration to protest their dismissals in Malatya province, on Saturday.
The Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions (KESK) members organized a demonstration against the government’s purge of critics in the aftermath of July 15.
At least 130,000 people have lost their jobs over their links to the alleged coup plotters since July 15, 2016.
Malatya police, during the protest, detained 31 people including executives from KESK.
Over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged since the coup attempt, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of Feb. 1, 89,775 people were being held without charge, with an additional 43,885 in pre-trial detention due to their alleged links to the movement. (turkeypurge.com) Feb. 12, 2017