Doctor who protested war fired

One of the central committee members of the Turkish Doctors’ Union (TTB) has been dismissed from his job, after the police arrested him and other committee members for releasing a statement criticising Turkey’s military operation into northwest Syria.

Dr Şeyhmuş Gökalp was dismissed on Jan. 31 from his position at the Diyarbakir Central Bank, where he was contracted, a day after being detained by anti-terrorism police, the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet reported.

The TTB released their statement, which called war a “publich health problem” and opposed Turkey’s ongoing operation against armed Kurdish groups in northwest Syria, on Jan. 24.

Responding to the statement, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the union, which caters for around 80 percent of Turkish doctors, “terrorist-lovers”.

Soon afterwards, several TTB offices were sent violent threats. On Jan. 30, the union’s president and central committee members were detained in dawn raids by anti-terrorism police.