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http://ig.ft.com/vj/turkey-purge-victims-voices/ Betul Celep, civil servant Sacked January 6 At least 7,399 people were dismissed that day When Betul Celep read her name in a once-obscure go… Read More
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3w, 3d agoPosted 3 weeks, 3 days ago
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Betul Celep, civil servant

Sacked January 6
At least 7,399 people were dismissed that day

When Betul Celep read her name in a once-obscure government journal, her life as she knew it ended.

Under Ohal, Mr Erdogan’s decrees become official upon publication in the Resmi Gazete, and buried among tax code amendments and civil service exam rules were the names of those to be dismissed.

Many of Ms Celep’s colleagues had already been fired so she was anxiously checking the gazette to see if her name was there. For the 36-year-old, who worked at the Istanbul governor’s aid agency and lives alone in an apartment, the first thing that came to mind on reading her name was how she would feed the 50 stray cats she cared for.

No reason was given for her sacking – the decrees are usually no more than a single line, followed by long lists of names – and she knew there would be no chance of appeal. “I never got any document, any explanation,” Ms Celep says.

But in the days leading up to her dismissal, she and several hundred others had been questioned about their politics. “I was a leftist, a union representative, a feminist. When they won’t give you a reason, you have to guess the reason – they didn’t want someone like me in the new Turkey they are building.”

Her life is now unrecognisable from the one she had before Ohal. “If you’re fired by decree, it’s like you are a leper,” she says. “Nobody wants to talk to you, nobody wants to touch you, nobody wants to take your case, nobody wants to come close to you. There’s no place in this society for people like us.” Since she was sacked, Ms Celep has taken to the streets in Kadikoy, a neighbourhood of Istanbul that is home to many students, demonstrating every day with a handful of others to raise awareness of the victims of Ohal.

She lives off the money she had saved to study for a master’s degree in gender studies at Istanbul University, but it won’t last long, she says. Her flatmate moved out, worried that she, too, might lose her job after the police visited Ms Celep’s flat when she became involved in the protests. “All the relationships around you change: those who were once friends no longer call you, and instead you make new friends, new relationships,” she says. “Now, the police officers know me. They say hello to me when they’re having coffee or see me on the street.”

Ms Celep says that fear of detention is always at the back of her mind. She wants to build a movement against what she sees as the unjust and arbitrary dismissals. “We are too many. If we can use our power, we can end the cruelty.
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Sezgin Yurdakul, ferry worker

Sacked December 23

Sezgin Yurdakul learnt he was to be dismissed in a much more direct way than Ms Celep. He was called into a meeting with his superiors at the Greater Istanbul Municipality’s ferry line administration and presented with a stack of documents from his daughter’s school, and his bank statements.

The father of three sits in a café near the ferry stop in Karakoy and tells how his daughter, like an estimated 400,000 other students in the past decade, had attended Turkish schools run by followers of Mr Gulen. There were also documents from his bank, Bank Asya, an institution that was linked to Mr Gulen’s followers until it was seized by the government more than two years ago.

“My daughter studied at that school for three years,” says the 40-year-old, who has piercing blue eyes and a soft voice.

“There was a sign-board from the Ministry of Education, it was a registered school. My employer gave me assistance [with school fees]. If I aided terrorism by sending my daughter to study at that school, what is the [culpability] of the officials in that institution who gave me assistance?”

The municipality – his employer – deposited this educational assistance into his account at Bank Asya, for years one of Turkey’s largest banks. Mr Yurdakul says he chose it because it followed Islamic banking principles by not paying interest.

His answers failed to convince his employers and on December 23, he was fired from his job. He does not receive any unemployment benefits and has applied for almost 20 positions since then. “When you tell your story, no one gives you a job,” he says.

He has protested in front of his old employer’s premises for months. All it has done is add to his followers on social media, he says with a smile. He fears he will never find another job in Istanbul and is thinking of selling his house and returning to his hometown in northern Turkey.

“This period was more difficult for my wife than for me,” he says. She went to see a psychologist and took anti-depressants and sleeping pills. She wasn’t able to finish breast-feeding their newborn daughter, Burcak. His 13-year-old daughter, Sevval, is also struggling. “Our life was [turned] upside down. My [older] daughter had to change schools, and in the new school she feels isolated ‒ they say her father is a Fetocu [ a member of Mr Gulen's cult, now considered a terrorist]. She has no friends.”

For now, Mr Yurdakul lives off his savings and money given to him by his family. He is angry and thinks the government kept Bank Asya open to trap people and that he was targeted because his department needs to fill a quota of dissidents. His employer did not respond to requests for comment.

“I know some people who had political links and they got off,” he says. “We don’t have any political links or a politician to call and say, ‘Come and save me’. We were the weakest links in the chain, and we were eliminated.
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Interesting and disturbing stuff.....not sure why you are posting on this website though to be honest
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halsallms
Interesting and disturbing stuff.....not sure why you are posting on this website though to be honest
MISC is an area of the website where any subject, within reason, can be discussed.
#4
davewave
halsallms
Interesting and disturbing stuff.....not sure why you are posting on this website though to be honest
MISC is an area of the website where any subject, within reason, can be discussed.
I would have thought it would still have to be loosely related to hot deals rather than political issues
#5
This is what happens when the site decides to merge everything on the front page. Misc is miscellaneous, non related. Anything goes. (mostly)
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Are you saying this is a good or a bad thing?

Hard to work out the point of the post tbh.
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Towelie
Are you saying this is a good or a bad thing?
Hard to work out the point of the post tbh.
These people don't have a voice because Erdogan is trying to remove free speech, its interesting to some to know of their experiences.
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Selahattin Demirtas, opposition politician

Arrested November 4
Eleven other opposition MPs remain in prison

One of Turkey’s most popular politicians and the only one who presented a real threat to Mr Erdogan’s referendum, Selahattin Demirtas has been in prison since November 4. The 44-year-old lawyer faces 100 different charges and a cumulative sentence of at least 400 years. Most allege that he has ties to Kurdish terrorists. He denies them, and was arrested after refusing to submit to a prosecutor’s questioning.

Now, the man once known as the Kurdish Obama for drawing thousands to his fiery speeches, is largely silenced. In Edirne prison he writes short stories, paints, and speaks to the world outside through scribbled notes handed to his lawyers. He has yet to appear in court. In March, Mr Demirtas sent a letter to the Financial Times. It was memorised by one of his visitors, and written up hastily. Below is an edited extract.

The regime is pushing all who oppose them out of politics, declaring them terrorists and criminalising them. It is doing so predominantly through a judiciary it has seized control of . . .

Thousands of my colleagues and I are not in prison because we have committed crimes. We are in prison because crimes have been committed against us . . .

They have locked us away, denied us our right to respond . . .

We have been imprisoned for five months and the day of my first [court] hearing is still unclear.

But our morale is high and our faith in democracy and peace is stronger than ever.

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halsallms
davewave
halsallms
Interesting and disturbing stuff.....not sure why you are posting on this website though to be honest
MISC is an area of the website where any subject, within reason, can be discussed.
I would have thought it would still have to be loosely related to hot deals rather than political issues
You're such a hypocrite!

http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/when-will-brexiteers-bow-down-remainers-admit-was-wrong-2682454
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chocci
halsallms
davewave
halsallms
Interesting and disturbing stuff.....not sure why you are posting on this website though to be honest
MISC is an area of the website where any subject, within reason, can be discussed.
I would have thought it would still have to be loosely related to hot deals rather than political issues
You're such a hypocrite! http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/when-will-brexiteers-bow-down-remainers-admit-was-wrong-2682454

Saturn already had him up on it, he hasn't been back since X)
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deeky
chocci
halsallms
davewave
halsallms
Interesting and disturbing stuff.....not sure why you are posting on this website though to be honest
MISC is an area of the website where any subject, within reason, can be discussed.
I would have thought it would still have to be loosely related to hot deals rather than political issues
You're such a hypocrite! http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/when-will-brexiteers-bow-down-remainers-admit-was-wrong-2682454
Saturn already had him up on it, he hasn't been back since X)
Probably taking a much needed trolling skills course ;)

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