Auditors raid Gulen-inspired private school in Adana with police

In yet another government-backed operation targeting the Gulen movement, tax inspectors from the Finance Ministry on Saturday carried out a raid with police at a private school opened by volunteers of the movement in southern province of Adana ukurova Bur College, one of Adana’s most successful schools, was raided and searched by four auditors and some 40 police officer early on Saturday over alleged violations of Tax Procedural Law by scho

In yet another government-backed operation targeting the Ganduumllen movement, tax inspectors from the Finance Ministry on Saturday carried out a raid with police at a private school opened by volunteers of the movement in southern province of Adana

andCcedilukurova Burandccedil College, one of Adanaand#39s most successful schools, was raided and searched by four auditors and some 40 police officer early on Saturday over alleged violations of Tax Procedural Law by school administrators. Burandccedil Schools General Manager Sultan Sandoumlzeri criticized dozens of police officersand#39 accompanying the inspectors, saying auditors can carry out inspections at the school whenever they want.

Sandoumlzeri said the raid aims to create a negative image about the school. andldquoI know that parents who see this scene will be more willing to send us their children,andrdquo he said.

Stating that the school was inspected by Finance Ministry inspectors just one month ago, Sandoumlzeri said the search and the raid are illegal. Sandoumlzeri also underlined that the school is known for its successes in Adana He said top scorers of the province in the most recent Transition to Higher Education examination (YGS), the first-round exam of the university entrance system, were from andCcedilukurova Burandccedil College.

Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Ganduumllen and the movement inspired by him have been direct targets of the government and President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan ever since a corruption probe in which some senior members of the government were implicated became public on Dec. 17 of 2013.

ErdoIan, who refers to Hizmet as the andldquoparallel stateandrdquo or andldquostructure,andrdquo accuses the movement of being behind the corruption operation. The government, then led by ErdoIan, took action to ensure the closure of schools opened by Ganduumllenand#39s followers in many countries around the world.

Ganduumllen-inspired institutions and schools in Turkey are also under intense pressure from the government.

In May of last year, then-prime minister ErdoIan publicly aised supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) not to send their children to schools inspired by Ganduumllen.

andldquoWe will not even give water to them [members of Ganduumllen movement],andrdquo he vowed. He also ordered officials at AK Party-run municipalities to seize land and buildings belonging to the Ganduumllen movement by any means.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman