Turkey: It is like we are living on top of a powder keg ready to explode at any moment

Even the slightest disagreement suddenly turns into a serious and bitter debate. Nobody is listening to anybody else. We all look as if we are ready to fight at any moment; we are ready to snap.

This has become a social disease and it is stemming to a great extent from Turkey’s political atmosphere…

…I received a letter from an academic working in a university somewhere in Anatolia. For obvious reasons, the name and any reference to their identity have been deleted.

“In fear, I’m writing to you in my capacity as an academic in Anatolia. This is not discussed in the country’s topics. It is not covered by local newspapers because the administrators and editors of local papers are contacted and the stories are obstructed. However, in many small towns, in Anatolian cities, at rural universities, there is an accumulated and dangerous energy ready to explode.

“I’m talking about our students. The tension is scary. The recent Süleymen Shah Tomb operation and the killing of Fırat Çakıroğlu further escalated the tension.

“Some days, some departments of our university cancel evening classes and evacuate the building. Those classes that are scheduled to end around 11 p.m. instead end around 9 p.m. or even earlier. In a way, the heads of departments are trying to save themselves. The early end to classes is not done even by official communication; rather, deans and directors walk around and visit classes asking us to finish and leave the building.

“During classes, academics give lessons in fear. Especially in social sciences classes, the obligation to be careful when citing examples has turned into a nightmare.

“Some students, some from a political party, record classes. Indeed this may be fine, but fear and concern lead to the erosion of science”…