2.1 C
New York
6 C
London
21.2 C
Dubai
7.4 C
Tokyo
Sunday, March 7, 2021

UAE, US foreign ministers discuss ‘strategic relations’

Turkey rejects criticism of its handling of student protest

- Advertisement -

Turkey rejects criticism of its handling of student protest

  • Some of the protests have erupted into clashes between police and demonstrators
  • The US, UN and the EU have criticized Turkey’s handling of the protests

Updated 04 February 2021

AP

ANKARA: Turkey on Thursday rejected international criticism of its crackdown on protests by students opposing the appointment of a government loyalist to head Istanbul’s top university, warning countries to stay out of its domestic issues.


For weeks, students and faculty members of Bogazici University have been protesting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Jan. 1 appointment of Melih Bulu, an academic who once ran for parliament as a candidate for Erdogan’s party. They are calling for Bulu’s resignation as the university’s rector and for the university to be allowed to elect its own president.


Some of the protests have erupted into clashes between police and demonstrators and hundreds of people have been detained, some taken away following raids of their homes, even as Erdogan has promised reforms to strengthen democratic standards.


Officials from the United States, the United Nations and the European Union have criticized Turkey’s handling of the protests as well as a series of anti-LGBT comments that were made by Erdogan and other officials while denouncing the demonstrations.


On Thursday, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement defending the Turkish security forces’ actions, saying there were attempts by terrorist organizations to infiltrate and provoke the protests.


“We recommend that those who … attempt to give our country lessons in democracy and law, turn the mirror on themselves,” the ministry said. “No one has the right to attempt to intervene in Turkey’s affairs.”


Tensions flared this week after a group of students were arrested over a poster, which was displayed at Bogazici University, that depicted Islam’s most sacred site with LGBT rights flags. The students were arrested over the weekend on charges of inciting hatred and insulting religious values.


“We are concerned by detentions of students and other demonstrators and strongly condemn the anti-LGBTQI rhetoric surrounding the demonstrations,” said US State Department spokesperson Ned Price on Wednesday.


The UN Human Rights office urged Turkey on Twitter to stop the use of excessive force on the protesters and condemned “homophobic and transphobic comments by officials, inciting hatred and discrimination against LGBT people.”


European Parliament legislator Nacho Sanchez Amor also expressed concerns over the police violence and mass detentions and asked: “does this reflect the new positive agenda and the will of reforms?”


The Interior Ministry announced Thursday that police detained a total of 528 people over the protests, of whom 498 have since been released. Of those in custody, at least 22 people have links to terrorist organizations, said ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli.

- Advertisement -

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by WCT staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Powered by the Echo RSS Plugin by CodeRevolution.

Related Articles

Kyoto Crime Congress opens with declaration to tackle growing crime threats, promote inclusive COVID-19 recovery

“Crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law have a key role in renewing the...

New ‘split-drive’ system puts scientists in the (gene) driver seat

Powerful new genetic engineering methods have given scientists the potential to revolutionize several sectors of global urgency. So-called gene drives, which leverage CRISPR technology to...

Study reveals how egg cells get so big

Egg cells are by far the largest cells produced by most organisms. In humans, they are several times larger than a typical body cell...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Click to Subscribe!

7,698FansLike
5,572FollowersFollow
0SubscribersSubscribe
- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

Kyoto Crime Congress opens with declaration to tackle growing crime threats, promote inclusive COVID-19 recovery

“Crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law have a key role in renewing the...

New ‘split-drive’ system puts scientists in the (gene) driver seat

Powerful new genetic engineering methods have given scientists the potential to revolutionize several sectors of global urgency. So-called gene drives, which leverage CRISPR technology to...

Study reveals how egg cells get so big

Egg cells are by far the largest cells produced by most organisms. In humans, they are several times larger than a typical body cell...

Cactus pear as drought-tolerant crop for sustainable fuel and food

Could cactus pear become a major crop like soybeans and corn in the near future, and help provide a biofuel source, as well as...

Coastal changes worsen nuisance flooding on many U.S. shorelines

Nuisance flooding has increased on U.S. coasts in recent decades due to sea level rise, and new research co-authored by the University of Central...