Scores held as row over Erdogan-picked university rector boils over

Scores of people were in custody on Tuesday for peacefully protesting the Turkish president’s appointment of a new rector at a prestigious Istanbul university. Of the 159 detained on Monday – when students, their supporters and opposition politicians scuffled with police – 60 were being held and 99 were freed, lawyer Gokhan Soysal told dpa. Bogazici University has been under siege for a month, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hand-picked Melih Bulu, who is close to the ruling party, as rector. The students and faculty were outraged by the decision seen as curbing academic freedom and democ…

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