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Turkish authorities arrest teacher and university professor fleeing to Greece

Turkish authorities arrested a teacher and a university professor, alleged supporters of Fetullah Gulen, as they tried to flee to Greece. The two are arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 10th 2016, as they were trying to reach Greece by crossing the Evros river on a inflatable boat.

The teacher was the head master at a high school in Istanbul, while the second “Gulenist” was Professor at the Medical School in the department of Internal medicine at the University of Marmara.

The two were arrested after locals informed the Turkish authorities that two people were trying to escape through the river which is the natural border between Turkey and Greece in the North.

No further information about their identity has been published in the Turkish media.

Some two dozens of Turkish citizens, among them members of the Turkish Armed Forces and the Justice, fled to Greece after the coup attempt of July and sought asylum fearing for their lives.  Thousands of civil servants, teachers, professors, soldiers, officers and policemen were dismissed in a broader purge operation initiated by President Recep Tayip Erdogan, a former ally of Gulen, whom the president has accused of initiating the coup.

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