Thousands of Turkish students at the Bosphorus University of Istanbul gathered at the South Campus Gate, following the Islamist-aligned AKP led by President Erdoğan replacement of the university trustee rector.
On the first hours of the new year, on January 1, AKP chair & President Erdoğan appointed a trustee rector for one of Turkey’s most prestigious universities Bosphorus University.— dokuz8NEWS (@dokuz8news) January 4, 2021
The new rector, Prof. Dr. Melih Bulu was a former candidate running for parliament under AKP. https://t.co/SilUwMqf3z pic.twitter.com/Kmqrg7MzYD
Demonstrators began chanting “We don’t want the rector!” as the police presence increased at the gates, ready for escalation.
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Demonstrators then began a march, moving through the campus and parts of Istanbul.
Students then returned to campus, congregating in the center of the facility chanting anti-AKP slogans.
Police then assaulted protesters, tear-gassing the crowd and using rubber bullets against students, arresting many and dispersing the demonstration.