Lead Them Wrongly

Several months ago, young people in Turkey demonstrated in order to protest the demolition of a park in order to build new malls. A few died in the protests, and hundreds were wounded or wound up in jail. Many school principals supported efforts of students to fight in defense of human rights. These principals are now being punished by the Turkish government for doing their job of educating youth to defend human rights. Several already have been demoted by the job of “teacher” while others were reassigned to other administrative positions. Their crime was encouraging young people to believe in the right of young people to stand for human rights.

Many school leaders have been compelled to testify they supported “meetings and Demonstrations” which apparently is against the law in Turkey. Of course, that means one was involved in a meeting that was not approved by the government. All government approved meetings are OK.

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