Now they’ve come for the teachers.
It’s purge time. Yes, that coup certainly was fortuitous for (or staged by) our Turkish democracy champ, Erdogan:
Turkey’s post-coup crackdown took a more sinister turn on Tuesday after tens of thousands of teachers were fired and all the country’s university deans were told they faced suspension.
The licenses of 21,000 staff working in private schools were revoked, more than 15,000 employees at the education ministry were sacked, and the state-run higher education council demanded the resignation of 1,577 university deans…
The suspensions followed Monday’s purge targeting other ministries and state institutions.
The employees include 9,000 police, 2,745 judges, 8,777 from the interior ministry 1,500 from the finance ministry, 257 staff working at the prime minister’s office, at least 100 from the National Intelligence Agency MIT, 399 from the family and social affairs ministry and 492 from the religious affairs ministry.
Officials signalled that the country was to undergo further major changes in the coming days…
There was speculation that Mr Erdogan might try to put in place a state of emergency so as to take full control of all state institutions.
This was all exactly as foreseen by anyone who’s been studying Erdogan, especially after his subverting of term limits in 2014 (see this and this). I don’t know how to convey the requisite bitterness and horror I feel, but in this post I’ve used the rather inadequate tool of sarcasm.
There’s more, if you can stomach it:
It also emerged on Tuesday that the military received intelligence rogue elements of the army were embarking on a coup more than six hours before before hijacked tanks took to the streets and rebel-piloted F-16s bombed key buildings in the capital. The delay raises questions about why quicker action was not taken to interrupt the plot.
The army forces said in a statement that it was given information on the coup plot by the National Intelligence Organisation at 4pm local time and informed relevant authorities. That was several hours before bridges in Istanbul were cut in one of the first public signs that a power grab was underway.
The did not appear to have shared the information with the government, which yesterday claimed it did not know about the plot until tanks were out on the streets and jets in the air.
From the start, many people have been saying that the Erdogan forces either planned this coup or knew about it in advance and winked at it for the exact purpose of instituting a crackdown. The extreme weakness of the plot itself argues for the former, and everything else argues for the latter.