High school students beaten in protest intervention by Turkish police

Images shared on social media show Turkish police detaining and beating high school students in broad daylight in İstanbul on Friday, the last day of the school year.

According to a report by Ahval, police intervened in Kadıköy, a lively neighbourhood on İstanbul’s Asian side, as students protested the Turkish education system under the slogan “You have the report cards, we have the future.”

The anti-censorship platform Direnişteyiz24.org shared footage and images from the demonstration, including the detention of several students who were handcuffed from behind and dragged onto a police bus. Images show police on the bus hitting the detained teenagers with batons.

Direnişteyiz also shared footage reportedly showing three of the detainees arriving for health checks at a nearby hospital. The accompanying tweet reports they were sent for tomography scans by doctors due to possible trauma to the head.

Reports indicate that 21 students have been detained. Residents gathered near the entrance to the local police station to offer their support.

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