The Turkish Government Stepped Up Its Crackdown On University Protests And Arrested More Than 150 People

2021-02-02   |   by CusiGO

Turkey’s administration stepped up its crackdown on University protests that began in January last year after MELIH Bulu, a former candidate of the AKP government party, was appointed president of Istanbul’s Bosporus University, the country’s most prestigious university founded in 1863. The police arrested 159 people, most of them students. Fifty of them were arrested when police entered the University’s South Campus (where they staged a peaceful protest) and accused them of violating the curfew imposed since 21:00 on cowid-19 and trying to “besiege” the Rector’s building.

The rest were detained around the campus, with the entrance blocked by riot guards and snipers on the roof. They came mainly from other centers to support the students of Bosporus Strait university students, because the protest inspired the student movement against the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attempt to strengthen the control of the University.

Since January 4, almost every day, teachers and students have protested against bru in front of the president of Bosporus University, and there are also targeted activities in other parts of Istanbul. During these protests last week, an art exhibition was organized, and students explained in a video that works submitted anonymously were accepted. One of them depicts Kaba in Mecca, the most sacred place in the Muslim world, being replaced by traditional Anatolian characters and surrounded by rainbow flags. This fact was quickly used by the government to discredit University protests, which Turkish leaders blamed on “marginalized groups”, “anarchists” and “demagogues” rather than Bosporus students.

This incident suddenly made headlines in the pro government media. That is to say, almost everyone in Turkey today is like this. Some Islamic student organizations have held their own demonstrations, forcing the opposition to take sides in the cadre debate.

Interior minister s ΓΌ leyman Soylu announced on Saturday the arrest of “four LGBT perverts” in connection with the incident, and prosecutors reported that they had begun an investigation into “insulting some people’s religious values.”. The president of Bosporus University also reported that the lgtbi student club, which organized the exhibition, had been closed after the discovery of “illegal publications” and “terrorist propaganda”.

Students in the Bosporus channel explained in a video posted on social media that the four students were detained under article 216-1 of Turkey’s criminal code, which allows them to be arrested in cases of “apparent and immediate danger to public safety.”. In this video, Bosporus students admit that the works in the exhibition “may hurt the feelings of the public” and that “any work of art will be criticized”, but they emphasize that the study of it is an attack on “freedom of speech”. They also reported persecution of lgbti people at Bosporus channel University.

Although homosexuality has been legal in Turkey since the 19th century, and the Gay Pride Day parade began in early 2000 (Erdogan has been in the government), hate speech and repression against this group have increased in recent years.

To protest the four arrests, a protest was held on Monday, and eventually police intervened. This morning, the government delegation to Istanbul reported in a statement that 98 detainees had been released and the rest were still receiving testimony, but lawyers provided to students by the main opposition party CHP said that seven of them had been released. Detainees. Social and student organizations held new demonstrations in support of the detainees on Tuesday.