Student protests grow as Turkey’s young people turn against Erdoğan

President’s appointment of political ally as university rector becomes catalyst for disillusioned youth to vent frustrations

Escalating protests over the appointment of a state-approved rector at a prestigious Istanbul university have become an unexpected catalyst for Turkey’s disillusioned and underemployed youth to vent their frustrations at President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government.

Demonstrations by both staff and students erupted last month over the installation of Melih Bulu, a business figure who stood as a ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) parliamentary candidate in 2015, as rector of Boğaziçi (University, arguably the most acclaimed higher education institution in the country.

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