The deputy prime minister of Turkey revealed on Monday that Turkish authorities have dismissed nearly 28,000 teachers in connection with an alleged link to terrorism. The dismissals are part of an ongoing inquiry and seeming purge of civil servants in Turkey, following the failed coup last July.
Altogether, the Turkish government has either sacked or suspended nearly 100,000 civil servants suspected of having links with terrorism, including judges, prosecutors, police officers and teachers.
Meanwhile in Turkey, human rights groups have voiced their concern, especially in the light of the large numbers of people being targeted as a result of the crackdown. Turkey’s allies in the West also fear that the President is using the coup as an excuse to curtail any dissent.
After a recent cabinet meeting, the deputy Prime Minister stated, “As part of our fight against terrorism, necessary measures have been carried out on teachers, along with other civil servants assessed to be linked with terrorist organisations.”
He also revealed that 455 teachers who had earlier been dismissed from duty had now been reinstated to their original posts after the inquiries against them were completed.
- Pray for Turkey as it continues to recover from the failed Coup attempt last July. Pray for peace on the streets and in the homes of people around turkey.
- Pray for those who have been dismissed as part of the government crackdown. Pray for provision for them and their families as they face an uncertain future.
- Pray for the Turkish government, to act with integrity, justice and fairness to all in their country.
- Pray for the Church in Turkey, that it will grow strong in faith and numbers, for protection and encouragement for Turkish believers, and for the Gospel to spread across this nation.
Amos 5 vs 24: “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”