Turkey’s 1997 military coup put “a great deal of pressure on all institutions”, according to a professor who lost his job in the coup, which left people from all walks of life — including students, academics and military officers — deeply scarred.

“Feb. 28 [the day of the coup] came suddenly for us,” Mustafa Kemal San, a sociology professor at Sakarya University in northwestern Turkey, told Anadolu Agency.

“The feeling of fear that prevailed at the time silenced everyone. On Feb. 28, all institutions were under pressure. Those who managed to retain their posts considered themselves lucky. Some of

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