Two academics expelled after joining Gezi protests

In the latest fallout of last summer's Gezi Park protests against the government's redevelopment plan for a park in central Istanbul, two academics have been expelled from Marmara University's faculty of communication for joining the protests, reports Today's Zaman.

The university administration allegedly launched an investigation into students and academics who were believed to have taken part in the Gezi Park protests. On conclusion of the administrative inquiry into claims that two academics, Figen Algul and Can Ozbagaran, did not attend lectures as they had complied with a call to strike issued by the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions early last June, the administration ruled to expel them.

As part of the investigation, eight more academics face a two-year promotion ban for their participation in the Gezi Park protests. The university released a statement denying claims that appeared on the media and described them as "disinformation aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the university".
Full report on the Today's Zaman site