Protests at Boğaziçi University continue on day 58

For the 58th consecutive day, protests against AKP politician Melih Bulu, who was personally appointed by President Erdoğan as rector at Istanbul's Boğaziçi University, continue.

The protests against the AKP/MHP regime's attack on university autonomy in Turkey are not abating. Also on Monday, dozens of teachers from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul gathered in front of the rectorate and demonstratively turned their backs on it. They are demanding the resignation of Melih Bulu, the university rector appointed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Students also continue to take to the streets against the rector despite massive repression and detentions. The government fears that the protests at Boğaziçi University could become an opposition focus similar to the Gezi protests. It is therefore doing everything it can to nip the protest in the bud. Against this backdrop, eleven students are currently in custody. Hundreds have been detained, many of them mistreated, strip-searched, and threatened with death. Publicly, the protest was defamed from the highest government circles as the action of "perverts" and "terrorists.