In the last few years, public employees have been identified by Erdoğan as the cornerstones of a solidarity coalition which emerged between the “left” and the Kurds… and they are unjustly losing their jobs for that reason

by Marcelo Netto Rodrigues

Emin Bayran, 45 (medical secretary); Berivan Alptekin, 37 (nurse); Gülistan Içer, 28 (nurse); and Dinçer Külçek, 45 (electrical technician who works for the Health Department) are among the eight public sector worker members of SES (the Trade Union of Public Employees in Health and Social Services) in Ağrı (part of the unofficial “Turkish Kurdistan”) who temporarily lost their jobs and are still facing trial for having participated in a peaceful demonstration against the 2015 Suruç bombing — a massacre which claimed 33 lives and wounded 104 on the border of Kobanî. The government accuses them of making “terrorist propaganda” for behaving as if they were PKK members

It has been just a week since the failed military coup against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took place and the president of Turkey has already managed to detain, suspend or put under investigation around 60,000 civil servants, teachers, judges, police and soldiers.

Some say he had a…

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