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Turkey fires 24,000 teachers, police in coup plotters hunt

The Turkish government on Tuesday escalated its wide-ranging crackdown against people it claims have ties to the alleged coup plotters, firing nearly 24,000 teachers and Interior Ministry employees across the country and demanding the resignations of another 1,577 university deans. The dismissals touched every aspect of government life. 

Education ministry fired 15,200 people across the country, the Interior Ministry fired 8,777 employees and Board of Higher Education requested the deans’ resignations. In addition, 257 people working at the office of the prime minister were dismissed and the Directorate of Religious Affairs announced it had sacked 492 staff including clerics, preachers and religious teachers. 

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