Turkey detains 18 academics who signed petition condemning attacks on Kurds

January 18, 2016

18 academics were detained by Turkish police last Friday after they signed a declaration criticizing the government’s military operations against Kurdish rebels in the southeastern part of the country. The declaration received more than 1,000 signatures worldwide from academics including Noam Chomsky, who claimed they refused to be “a party to the crime” and asked Turkey to return to peace talks with the rebels. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the declaration as “terrorist propaganda” before telling the AP, “Just because they have titles such as professor, doctor in front of their names does not make them enlightened. These are dark people. They are villain and vile because those who side with the villain are villain themselves.” Lethbridge Herald (AP) | The Guardian | Chronicle of Higher Education