Turkey: 24 detained as protesters demand release of hunger-striking teachers in Ankara

Police detained 24 people who were decrying the continued detainment of university lecturer Nuriye Gulmen and primary school teacher Semih Ozakca in front of an Ankara Court, on Thursday. Gulmen and Ozakca have been on hunger strike since their dismissal following the failed coup last July. Police used batons and pepper spray to disperse the group of protesters, who were attempting to make a... Еще press statement ahead of the academics’ court hearing. Academic Nuriye Gulmen and teacher Semih Ozakca were arrested in May for going on hunger strike after losing their jobs under the Turkish emergency decree. The decree was adopted after the failed coup against the Turkish president Erdogan that took place in July 2016. The two men are being charged for 'propaganda and membership of a terrorist organisation'. The two teachers have been on hunger strike for the past 190 days. Authorities stopped them from appearing in court, stating that they may try to escape. Gulmen and Ozakca supporters argue the government does not want them to be seen in their weakened state.

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