POLITICS > Mixed-student apartments home to terrorist and illegal organizations, interior minister says

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Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Güler speaks during a press conference in Ankara on Nov. 6. AA photo

Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Güler speaks during a press conference in Ankara on Nov. 6. AA photo

Interior Minister Muammer Güler brought another dimension to the debate on mixed-student housing, arguing that many of these apartments harbored terror and other illegal activities, such as prostitution.
“We are considering the issue from the viewpoint of a fight against terrorism. Particularly apartments, student residences and lodging houses where university students are living are places that terror groups and other illegal groups are seeing as a resource for gaining support and finding new members,” Güler said during a press conference on Nov. 6 in Ankara. 
Commenting on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks that the government was preparing to enact laws to “intervene” against homes housing both female and male students under one roof, Güler said the main reason for this was security.
“According to the latest observations, terrorist organizations and other marginal groups are in quests to use their youth organizations as a resources for their own activities … In the research that we have made on terrorism, we have seen that terrorist organizations are using the relationships between male and female students to a considerable extent to obtain the support of high school and university youth,” Güler said, adding many of these housings were places where terror suspects were hiding or activities such as prostitution were run.
Güler argued that the necessary legislation should be prepared to bring student homes under police supervision.
“Without any gender discrimination, we have seen during the last operations that apartments under the name of association centers or homes that young people were taught how to use guns or make bombs while they lived together. During the last operations, 31 of those detained were women,” Güler said, pointing at a “legal lacuna.”
“This is not about those houses [with mixed students] but cases in which those children are used for the illegal purposes of terrorist organizations. Families have the right to know where their children are. The state has the duty to take protective measures regarding their housing to protect the youth. This is the terror dimension [of the matter].”
Erdoğan blasted mixed-student houses during speeches, suggesting a rather moral approach, while he announced that the government was already on a mission to “segregate” female and males’ buildings in dormitories operated by the state.
His remarks have caused uproar with the opposition as well as students denouncing the interference of the government in private life.


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Arnold Yesovitch

11/7/2013 9:12:40 PM

Let the boys sleep under the same roof as other boys and same for the girls. Then complain when they get into same sex scenarios.

Tekion Particle

11/7/2013 6:04:03 PM

@sam afg alokozai, really? I think you are just like the interior minister, put your tongue back in RTE cannot read English.

Tekion Particle

11/7/2013 5:55:47 PM

I bet you anything you like that this man has no credentials, no genuine university degree (required to become an MP), perhaps he holds a false, duplicated, fraudulent one. He will back whatever RTE says or do with pack of lies, however, ridiculous they may sound. This man's aptitude is at the same level as someone who is illiterate, to cut the long story short what you see is what you get and that picture says a thousand words and intelligent is not one of them.

Pawel Bury

11/7/2013 2:47:26 PM

Poor Turkey... where are you heading...

Socialist TRK

11/7/2013 12:11:06 PM

You need to be a junior school dropout to be involved in politics in TR. No intelligence allowed!!! or common sense for that matter

Red Tail

11/7/2013 11:31:56 AM

I think we have just wittnessed another "classic comment" to the collection. Other ones are "The interest rate lobby" by Mr Erdogan, "The telekinetic murdereres" by Mr Bulut, and a few more by Bagis and Davatoglu. They should engrave these comments in brass and put them at the AKP head quarter.

David Cuthell

11/7/2013 11:24:34 AM

Congratulations Minister! Just when you thought it couldn't go lower. Perhaps the Minister might become the new Minister of Insanity and Funny Walks. After Tiger Woods' performance yesterday, why not have the Minister jump off the bridge and see if the Bosphorus throws him back.


11/7/2013 10:49:09 AM

Muammer Güler, publish your "research", publish your "observations", prove your point through evidence not hearsay. Just because you and your leader think something, it's not necessarily true. You say you were democratically elected, then act like democrats. You don't have the unlimited rights of dictators, you have a mandate to rule fairly and reasonably.....do so.


11/7/2013 10:27:07 AM

Words fail me, this is just insane.

Aryeh Rapaport

11/7/2013 10:00:43 AM

Can you lie in Islam? Does this guy & govt think all people are retarded? A) Erdogans argument was a moral one not a terrorist one. B) How will police stop these "terrorist orgs" in mens or womans dorms? C) Is there not a huge problem with polic prutality in Turkey? So what will it help to have many men police checking out turkish young girls? Shame on you for lying to promote your Islamic agenda!
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