Help Turkish Academics (Urgent)

From Faik Kurtulmus:

 

1,128 ‘Academics for Peace’ originally signed the statement “We will not be a party to this crime”, calling on the Turkish government to cease hostilities against its own citizens. Since the publication of this statement, these academics have been subject to a sustained campaign of abuse and violence from both the Turkish state and its supporters.

In recent speeches, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has publicly denounced these academics. Subsequently, YÖK, the government agency overseeing Higher Education, and prosecutors have begun proceedings to charge all 1,128 of the original signatories with “propagandising for a terrorist organization” and “overtly insulting the Turkish nation, the State of the Republic of Turkey, Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Government of Republic of Turkey and the judicial organs of the state”.

This has resulted in several academics being taken into custody under the provisions of anti-terrorism legislation, manuscripts and pcs seized and offices ransacked, sealed and marked with paint to further victimize those who have expressed concern at the Turkish government’s gratuitous use of violence in the Southeast of the country. If convicted of these charges they could face 1-5 years imprisonment. The legitimacy of arrests has already been questioned by prominent legal experts and described as “extra-legal” decisions. Signatories have also been publicly exposed in the press and social media by government supporters and nationalists, leading to fears of reprisals from fascists that have declared they will ‘spill the blood’ of the signatories. Many of the signatories also face disciplinary proceedings and possible sackings from their institutions.”

You can support these academics under threat by signing the letter of support at https://solidaritytoturkishacademics.wordpress.com/about/

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