Boğaziçi restricts entry to campus amid ongoing protest

The administration of Bogaziçi University has restricted entrance to the Istanbul institute until Monday, in a move that left two professors unable to enter campus, Karar newspaper reported on Saturday.

The restriction implemented over "safety and health concerns’’ will continue until Monday at 7:00 p.m. local time, the Boğaziçi Rector’s Office said.

Boğaziçi, Turkey’s leading university, since January has been the site of an ongoing protest against the appointment of a government loyalist rector.

The protest began shortly after the appointment of Melih Bulu, a former district official with the ruling party, by a decision of President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on January 2, 2021.

Protests over Bulu’s appointment spread through Istanbul and the rest of the country, resulting ina police crackdown, which saw hundreds of students detained, their homes raided, and their supporters denounced as “terrorists” by government officials. 

Western languages and literatures professor Can Candan and sociology professor Ayfer Bartu Candan  - both of whom have been serving as instructors at Bogaziçi for around two decades - were unable to enter campus, the pair wrote on Twitter, documenting the written reports they submitted on the matter.

Meanwhile, students on Saturday jeered vice-rector Naci İnci, footage shared on Twitter showed.

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