Turkish college students stage mass protest over appointment of Erdogan loyalist as college rector

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The appointment of Melih Bulu, an individual with shut ties to Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), because the rector of Bogazici University has sparked protests in Istanbul with college students decrying infringements on tutorial independence. 
Bulu, who was appointed by way of a presidential decree issued by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on January 1, ran for AKP within the 2015 parliamentary elections. Erdogan gained the authority to nominate rectors to the college by way of an emergency decree issued in 2016, after he survived a failed coup in 2016.
The move has been condemned by college students and teachers who voiced issues over the growing politicisation of college administrations throughout the nation.
Hundreds of scholars and a few teachers on Monday gathered in entrance the college’s headquarters in Istanbul, carrying indicators calling for Bulu’s resignation and chanting slogans, comparable to “Melih Bulu is not our rector” and “AKP, take your hands off our university.” 
“This is yet another case of many ongoing anti-democratic practices since 2016, aiming at abolishing rectorial elections. We do not accept it as it clearly violates academic freedom and scientific autonomy as well as the democratic values of our university,” Bogazici school members mentioned in a press release issued on January 3. 
Local media additionally reported clashes with police, with safety forces utilizing tear fuel and plastic bullets on protesters, whereas at the very least 17 protests have been arrested, after police forces raided their properties. 

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