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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Turkey: Erdogan widens crackdown on academia and media

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's purge of suspected dissidents from Turkish society continues apace, and has now been expanded to include teachers, university deans, civil servants and media.

Erdogan's government have blamed supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen for organizing thefailed coup last Friday night. Gulen is in self-imposed exile, and leads a movement that has opposed Erdogan's policies in the past.

Gulen has denied any connection with the uprising, even saying he would cooperate if extradited back to Turkey.

Erdogan and his men, however, say that Gulen heads a "terrorist organization", as Prime Minister Binali Yildrim told parliament. "We will dig them up by their roots," he vowed. READ MORE