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Police raided the homes and offices of at least a half dozen prominent Turkish academics across Turkey Monday against what was reported to be a plot to overthrow the government.
Critics claim the probe is a witch-hunt of opponents of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
At least four current and retired university rectors were detained, along with one of the directors of a non-governmental organization that provides scholarships to tens of thousands of young Turkish women.
More then 130 suspects, including retired army generals, police officers, businessmen, journalists and academics, have been implicated in the alleged "Ergenekon" gang. Suspects have been accused of carrying out assassinations and bombings in an effort to destabilize society and undermine Turkey's elected government.