Universities used as tool of state control – Students

Police in Turkey have fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse demonstrating students who were protesting against how the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uses the Council of Higher Education as an instrument of state control, reports PressTV.

Over 200 students gathered at Istanbul University campus and shouted slogans against Erdogan and his government’s control over universities on Friday 6 November, the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Council of Higher Education, or YÖK, tasked with supervising the country’s universities according to the constitution. The Constitution of the Republic of Turkey was ratified on 7 November 1982.

Students say the institution was established by the then military junta in 1981 and is still considered as a tool by the government to control the higher education centres. According to reports, some of the students sustained injuries during the clashes and police made a number of arrests.
Full report on the PressTV site