30 detained over support to Turkey’s post-coup hunger strikers

Academic Nuriye Gülmen.

At least 30 people detained after police intervention into a group, gathered to read a press statement in solidarity with Kemal Gün, Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, three protesters who started hunger in Turkey strike under the emergency rule following the coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

A group of Confederation of Public Workers’ Unions (KESK) members attempted to read their press statements in Diyarbakır’s Ofis district but police did not let them to do so. The group, then, launched a sit-in, holding banners that read: “Say no to darkness to live and to make people live.”

Police intervened into the protesters and detained at least 30 of them, according to Turkish media.

Gülmen was fired from her university post for her alleged ties to the Gülen movement. Meanwhile, Özakça was a teacher at a primary school in Turkey’s eastern province of Mardin before he was purged over ties to a terrorist organization. They have been on hunger strike for the past 71 days.

70-year-old Kemal Gün started a hunger strike as part of his efforts to be given the dead body of his child who was killed during an air attack by Turkish miliary in Tunceli’s Dersim district on Nov 7, 2016. (turkeypurge.com) May 18, 2017

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