Turkey closes student dorms belonging to anti-Erdoğan group

The Turkish police have sealed six student dormitory buildings belonging to an Islamist group whose leader is critical of the government, Islamist newspaper Y.Asya said.

Police in Adana also shut down the headquarters and three branch buildings belonging to the Furkan Foundation, which is under investigation for threatening the constitutional order and public security as well as for constituting a criminal group.

Some pro-government journalists reacted to the story that women are kicked out of homes after they are sealed.

The group, led by charismatic Egypt-educated theologian Alparslan Kuytul, campaigned prominently against the change to a presidential system of government when it was put to a referendum last year.

On Jan. 30, 2018, police raided 33 addresses and arrested 28 foundation directors and members of the group, including Kuytul.

Kuytul and four others remain in police detention.

Kuytul made the headlines when he called the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as the Development with Oppression Party (ZKP). 

“I think it is time to change the AKP’s name to the ZKP. If they want to sue me, they can sue me, I don’t care. Most of the bribery and cruelty cases happened during their time. They named themselves the Justice and Development Party, but they didn’t leave any justice in this country. Who has trust in the courts in this country? The ones who are trusted should be the ones who never have anything to do with courts,” he said.