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Turkey, Mayor and Unifi President united against forced resignations in universities

Participation to the appeal drawn up by the Conference of Italian University Rectors
The Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, and the President of the University of Florence, Luigi Dei jointly express their firm condemnation of the decision made by the Turkish government to force the resignation of all Deans of public and private universities in Turkey as well as over 15,000 staff employed in the Turkish educational system and they also declare their anxiety over the arrest of the President of the University of Ankara.

While expressing support to the democratically elected government of Turkey, threatened last Friday by the attempted military coup, Dario Nardella and Luigi Dei share the words of solidarity expressed by EUA (European University Association) and CRUI (Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università Italiane) that underline how democracy and freedom can be defended only by ensuring a broad and open debate through the freedom of education and research, which are intrinsic prerogatives of universities and educational institutions.

The Mayor and Unifi President promptly offer to take any measure aimed at giving practical support to all those who have been struck by such a sudden and pervasive action that undermines the foundations of freedom, democracy and community living.
21 July 2016