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EU concerned as Turkey cracks down on academics

The European Union’s External Action Service (EEAS) has expressed concern about steps taken by the Turkish authorities against a group of academics.

Turkish police are investigating more than 1,000 academics who signed a petition criticising military operations in Kurdish areas in the southeast of the country. On 15 January, 19 of the signatories were detained by Turkish authorities and then released, but the procedures against them are ongoing.

The declaration, signed by a group known as the “Academicians for Peace”, was entitled “We will not be a partner to this crime” and called on the government to halt "massacres" against the outlawed separatist group Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

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