Mine Atlı: We Will Continue to Protect Our Teachers and Values Like a Steel Vest
Mine Atlı, the leader of the Social Democracy Party (TDP), referred to the case opened against teachers, stating, "We will continue to protect our teachers and values like a steel vest."
She expressed her support for the struggle of the teachers who will appear in court on Teachers' Day, November 24, thanks to the efforts of the Minister of National Education Nazım Çavuşoğlu. She emphasized that those who try to undermine the contemporary and secular structure of the Turkish Cypriot community through teachers or politics will never achieve their goals.
"INSTEAD OF APOLOGIZING TO TEACHERS, THEY FILED LAWSUITS"
In a written statement on behalf of the TDP, Mine Atlı reminded that teacher unions staged a protest in front of the Ministry of Education in August of the previous year to resist the amendment in the Teacher's Law imposed by Turkey, aiming to undermine teacher rights and union struggle. She mentioned that during this protest, the police were brought face to face with teachers at the request of Minister Nazım Çavuşoğlu, leading to a brawl.
Mine Atlı pointed out that the reason for the protest was to prevent teacher unions from participating in the High Consultation Board, where the draft would be discussed. She also noted that instead of apologizing to the teachers for what happened that day, many teachers were sued.
"YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE SECULAR AND CONTEMPORARY STRUCTURE OF TURKISH CYPRIOTS THROUGH TEACHERS OR POLITICS"
With the lawsuits filed against teachers starting to reach them, Mine Atlı drew attention to the significance of the trial day, even on Teachers' Day, emphasizing that this is not a mere coincidence.
Mine Atlı stated, "We have been and will be by the side of our teachers in every struggle against reactionism and impositions. On November 24, we will be with our teachers, in court. Those who think they can change the secular, democratic, and contemporary structure of the Turkish Cypriots by undermining our teachers and values should know that they cannot do it through teachers or by designing politics. We will continue to protect our teachers and values like a steel vest."