Turkey:12 academics arrested for appeal pro-peace with Kurds

'Terrorist propaganda' pro-PKK, warrant for 9 more professors

15 January, 13:03

    A demonstrator flashes the V-sign as participates in a pro-peace rally in Istanbul A demonstrator flashes the V-sign as participates in a pro-peace rally in Istanbul

    ISTANBUL - Turkish police arrested 12 university professors accused of "terrorist propaganda" in favour of the PKK after they signed an appeal calling for a peaceful resolution to the Kurdish issue.

    The arrest warrant also regards other 9 academics who have not been apprehended yet, the Anadolu agency reported. The arrest was decided after a ruling by the Kocaeli (south of Istanbul) prosecutor's office against academics from the local university.

    The appeal signed by the arrested professors was launched by a group called 'Academics for peace' with the title 'We will not be part of this crime!', a reference to the operations Ankara is conducting against the PKK in the Kurdish-majority south-east of the country, where hundreds of people, including many civilians, have been killed since last summer.

    Signed so far by 6,492 people, the appeal remains open until tonight and has attracted the support of academics and researchers from dozens of universities, many of which foreign, as well as the signature of Noam Chomsky.

    The Anadolu agency reported yesterday that all signatories of the appeal were under investigation. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly attacked them calling their support to the appeal a sign of "treason" towards Turkey, while the Council for Higher Education (Yok) announced punitive actions.

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