Paranoid Turkish government detains one more over hero T-shirt on Saturday

Paranoid Turkish government has detained another man for wearing a ‘hero’ T-shirt on Saturday. A 20-year-old Trabzon man, identified as A.G., was detained while he was in a crowd watching the scene of a traffic accident in Araklı district where a car crashed into a convenience store, according to reports in Turkish media.

A.G. was handcuffed before being forced into a police van that was dispatched to the area for the traffic accident. A.G. reportedly told police that he is not aware of any legal restriction for wearing such a T-shirt.

A Turkish girl and her mother were also briefly detained for the former’s ‘hero’ T-shirt during their visit to the child’s jailed father during a prison visit, reported on Friday.

According to a Twitter account who claims to be the mother’s lawyer, the two were denied entrance to the prison due to the T-shirt the girl was wearing and gendarmerie officers took both to a police station where they were later released.

The T-shirts bearing the word “hero” have become a contentious issue when Gökhan Güçlü, one of the suspects on trial for an assassination attempt against Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the night of the July 15, 2016 failed coup, was thrown out of the courtroom for wearing a T-shirt bearing the word “hero” because it caused tension between the parties during the hearing.

At least 37 people have been detained for wearing hero T-shirts since mid-last month. (SCF with turkeypurge.com)

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