Purge in Turkey Intensifies with Tens of Thousands Teachers, Public Servants Fired

Turkey has revoked licenses for thousands of educators in the government’s latest crackdown following Friday’s failed military coup.

“The licenses of 21,000 teachers working in privately-run institutions have been canceled. Tip-offs that these [people] are mostly linked with terrorist activities have been taken into consideration,” the Turkish Ministry of Education said in a statement to Reuters on Tuesday, although it did not elaborate.

More than 15,000 employees at the ministry were also fired.

Meanwhile, the High Education Board demanded the resignation of 1,577 deans at every university throughout the country.

The mass firings came as the arrest toll from the uprising reached 9,000 people—many military officials, judges, religious figures, and others, including 85 generals and admirals—as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to weed out those he claims carried out the coup on the orders of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen.