Eight detained as Boğaziçi students protest appointment of new rector

Istanbul police on Monday detained eight students participating in a protest against the appointment of a new rector at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University, Gazete Karınca news site reported.

Academics and students of the prestigious university gathered on and off campus on Monday to protest the appointment of Naci İnci as acting rector by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier this month.

Monday’s detentions took place as Boğaziçi students read out a statement in front of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) district headquarters in Sarıyer, Gazete Karınca reported.

İnci, whom a vast majority of school's academics voted against, is the former vice-rector at the leading Turkish university.

İnci replaced his sacked predecessor and government loyalist Melih Bulu, whose appointment by Erdoğan in January provoked protests by students at Boğaziçi and elsewhere. The protests made international headlines as the government responded by ordering a police crackdown and accused protest organisers of acting like terrorists.

“Naci İnci is a pawn of the government's policy of pressure and assimilation to seize all institutions,’’ the students said in the statement, adding that İnci had put students “under pressure with unfair and unlawful disciplinary investigations’’ while “disregarding internal procedures.’’

Students and academics also marched on campus on Monday, chanting against the appointment of İnci, saying they refused the president’s appointment of the new rector, Gazete Karınca said.

 

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