Scores in jail as fight about Erdogan-picked university rector grows

Sixty people were in custody on Tuesday amid protests at the Turkish president’s appointment of a new rector at a prestigious Istanbul university, a lawyer told dpa. Of the 159 detained on Monday – when students, their supporters and opposition politicians scuffled with police – 99 were freed, said lawyer Gokhan Soysal. 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. This week’s protests were also to demand the release of two students arrested for artwork depicting Islam’s holiest si…

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