Turkey issued a blanket travel ban on all academics in the country just a day after suspending more than 15,000 education workers and calling for the resignation of all university deans, reported the state broadcaster TRT on Wednesday.
The move is the latest in a massive crackdown against professionals in Turkey following a failed coup attempt by renegade military units that has seen tens of thousands of judges, civil servants, military and police fired or detained.
The government is presenting the measures as an effort to root out a wide-ranging conspiracy led by a U.S.-based Turkish cleric and as a way of curbing the influence of the once-powerful military. Critics, however, feel that the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using the coup as an excuse to eliminate the last vestiges of opposition to its rule.
A senior Turkish official described the travel ban on academics as just a “temporary measure.”