In Turkey students are Erdogan’s new nightmare, repression will not save “the Sultan”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has another serious problem at home. Not only the anger of the people at the economic crisis due to its crazy enterprises abroad, the disastrous management of COVID-19, the problems with Europe, the popularity in free fall and an ever-stronger opposition, today to scare the Sultan is the students.
The Turkish student committees are in turmoil and vow to expel Erdogan’s Islamist dictatorship by any means.Turkish police arrested 17 people on Tuesday following student protests against the new rector of Bogazici University appointment by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Of the 28 arrest orders, 17 are already operational, with as many students in handcuffs. For all the accusation is that of resisting a public officer and unauthorized demonstration.
Yesterday, the police dispersed with fire hydrants and teargas over 300 students. They gathered in front of the prestigious university to protest against the new rector Melih Bulu’s appointment. A person from outside the university, who in 2015 had tried to run for deputy under the colors of Erdogan’s Party for Justice and Development (Akp), affiliated to the international Muslim Brotherhood. In addition to his links with the Muslim Brotherhood, it was his appointment by presidential decree to infuriate students and teachers.
With the constitutional reform of 2017, following the 2016 coup attempt, Erdogan also acquired the power to appoint the universities rectors that were previously elected by the Academic Senate.In 2017, Erdogan resorted to this new presidential prerogative to replace the Bosporus University popular director, who had been elected a few days before the failed putsch. However, the repression will not be enough to save the Sultan this time. According to observers, the wrong presidential choices have spread discontent among the population that no longer tolerates Erdogan’s power abuses. A frosty winter is therefore shaping up for Erdogan and the Muslim Brotherhood. Especially now that Qatar, the Turkish only ally in the Middle East, is meeting its Arab neighbors demands.
Turkey’s parliamentary and presidential elections in June 2018 occurred in a climate of media censorship and with some members of parliament and candidates jailed. Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party held control of a faded parliament through an alliance. And with Erdoğan reelection, Turkey’s presidential system of governance, approved in a 2017 constitutional referendum, entered fully into force. During the years of his Government, thousands of journalists, activists, and political opponents have been arrested, tortured, or killed.