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Turkish universities have announced the postponement of university finals

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Several prominent Turkish universities have announced the postponement of university finals amid ongoing Taksim protests across the country, in a move that was interpreted by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as encouraging students to join in the protests, reports Hürriyet Daily News.

During a 2 June televised interview, the prime minister picked up on the statement sent by Koç Unviersity Rector Umran Inan, which announced that “students who cannot participate in the upcoming finals due to the extraordinary circumstances in the city will be able to take their finals at a future date”, as well as targeting several other Turkish universities that have postponed their finals, including Hacettepe and ODTÜ.

Erdogan even accused Koç University of conducting its own natural destruction 10 years back when the campus was first founded in Istanbul, causing the demolition of a vast amount of forestry. Universities such as Özyegin University,Bogazici, Istanbul Technical University, Mimar Sinan University and many others had all previously released statements condemning police violence in Taksim. Cancellations and postponements came soon after.

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