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Turkish police detain 159 people at protests over Erdogan-appointed university head

Istanbul: Turkish police have detained 159 people over protests in Istanbul against President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of a new rector at one of the country’s top universities, the Istanbul Governor’s office said.

Protesters chanting slogans such as “Police, get out” and “Universities are ours” clashed and scuffled with the police on Monday. The protests at the Bogazici University began nearly a month ago over the appointment of Melih Bulu which students and teachers say was undemocratic.

Students of Bogazici University hold placards during a protest in Istanbul.

Students of Bogazici University hold placards during a protest in Istanbul.Credit:AP

In a statement, the Istanbul Governor’s office said 159 people had later been detained for “not ending the demonstrations in front of the Bogazici University despite warnings,” and added that an investigation had been launched.

Earlier, more than 100 police gathered at the main entrance of the campus. They allowed university students to enter, checking their IDs, but told others to leave, including several politicians, mainly from the pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP).

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