Turkish University Suspends Professor for Criticism of Nation's Founder





A professor of public administration at Gazi University, in the Turkish capital of Ankara, has been suspended for his comments at a conference last month about the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The Associated Press reported that the professor, Atilla Yayla, was suspended last week after he referred to Atatürk, who died in 1938, as “that man,” criticized the display of portraits of the leader in government offices, and said Atatürk’s dictatorial rule had led to “regression rather than progress.”


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