Turkish police detains two more people for wearing ‘HERO’ T-shirts

Gökhan Güçlü

Turkish police on Wednesday detained two people wearing a T-shirt bearing the word “hero” in Eskişehir province one day after two university students were detained in Erzurum for wearing similar T-shirts , Evrensel daily has reported.

According to the report, G.A and M.B. were detained by the anti-terror police as they were trying to attend an event with ‘hero’ T-shirts to mark the first anniversary of a failed coup attempt that took place in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

The two men, who were taken to a police station, allegedly aimed at stirring up a provocation at the event.

The hero T-shirts became an 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 coup, was thrown out of the courtroom last Thursday for wearing a T-shirt bearing the word “hero” because it caused tension between the parties during the hearing.

On Tuesday, two university students were detained for wearing “hero” T-shirts in Erzurum province’s Yakutiye district. In their testimonies, the students reportedly said they bought the T-shirts from a store in the city and that they had not heard anything about Güçlü.

According to the private İhlas news agency, the textile firm that manufactures the “hero” T-shirts stopped production after discussions with the police. The T-shirts were withdrawn from sale in stores and online, İhlas said. (turkishminute.com) July 19, 2017

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