Turkey Shuts Thousands Of Private Schools, Charities For National Security

Turkey Shuts Thousands Of Private Schools, Charities For National Security

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Following the failed coup attempt in Turkey the government took several measures in terms of national security and the latest is closure of 1,043 private schools, 1,229 charities and foundations, 35 medical institutions, 19 trade unions and 15 universities.

President Recept Tayyip Erdogan issued the decree and earlier this week a state of emergency was declared too for three months in the country.

The state of emergency gives power to the authority to pass laws without seeking support of the parliament. It also limits freedoms and rights of people.

The closed organizations are believed to have links with US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is the fierce opponent of Erdogan.

Gulen has also been blamed to be behind the coup attempt of last week and some of the earlier attacks too in the country.

About 250 people were killed in Turkish capital Ankara in the wake of weekend violence.

The crackdown has been negatively responded by the US and EU.

Turkey has meanwhile requested for the extradition of Gulen from the US, but Washington says Erdogan need to provide convincing proof of his guilt.

Gulen is a long-time resident of the US.

EU on the other hand has threatened Turkey to suspend accession talks.