>> When Turkish citizens vote on Sunday, they'll be deciding what democracy means and how to safeguard it. But regardless of whether they give their president, Tayyip Erdoğan, the big boost in power that he's seeking, for many Turks there appears to be no going back to the way life was.
This is Dr. Naif Bezwan, he says he was one of over 100,000 academics, government workers, media and soldiers dismissed or imprisoned in the crackdowns ordered by the President after July's failed coup. A former political sciences professor, he says he was singled out for being critical of Turkey's war in Syria in this newspaper interview and signing a petition against Erdoğan.
Fired from the job, he fled the country with his partner, now living in London.>> After my dismissal per emergency decree, it was totally clear that there is neither human security nor legal security. Every critical position or person in academics can expect to be sent to jail or to be charged on really arbitrary and purely flimsy grounds.
>> Reuters could not independently verify the reason he was fired from his job. But his story is similar to many dismissed workers we've found, and he would be one of the lucky ones. Many still in Turkey are struggling to scrape by, their passports revoked. This woman used to be a statistician for the government.
And they cannot leave the country.>> President Erdoğan says these people were complicit in the coup, or supporters of Kurdish separatists. The question now remaining, will yes vote on Sunday mean more crackdowns are coming?>>