Istanbul police detain 17 after student protests

5 Jan 2021

Istanbul police detain 17 after student protests

On tuesday Turkish police detained 17 people after hundreds attended a student-led protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's appointment of a rector to a top university in Istanbul. On monday At least 1,000 people demonstrated outside Bogazici University's campus in response to a January 1 presidential decree in which Erdogan appointed Melih Bulu as the public institution's rector.The university was known as Robert College when it was established in 1863.
It was handed to Turkey in 1971 and was renamed after the campus location by the Bosphorus river -- "Bogazici" in Turkish.
This is the second time Erdogan has appointed a trustee after his decision in November 2016 also attracted angry reactions and created tensions.