- Title: 47 protesters in Turkey held for demo in support of arrested teachers
- Date: 23rd July 2017
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY (JULY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS DEMONSTRATING IN SUPPORT OF TWO JAILED TEACHERS, NURIYE GULMEN AND SEMIH OZAKCA, WHO ARE ON HUNGER STRIKE/ POLICE SPRAYING PEPPER GAS AND JOSTLING PROTESTERS WITH PLASTIC-REINFORCED SHIELDS WATER CANNON SPRAYING ON PROTESTERS / PROTESTERS RUNNING AWAY POLICE DETAINING PROTESTERS WATER CANNON SPRAYING WATER PROTESTERS BEING DETAINED AND LED TO A WAITING VAN POLICE EVACUATING THE AREA MAN BEING DETAINED AS HE CHANTS (Turkish): "NURIYE AND SEMIH ARE NOT ALONE" POLICE DETAINING ANOTHER PROTESTER / WOMAN TRYING TO PREVENT THEM POLICE DETAINING WOMAN VARIOUS OF SCUFFLES AS PROTESTERS ARE DETAINED POLICE HANDCUFFING A PROTESTER ON THE GROUND AND DETAINING HIM POLICE CARRYING A PROTESTER UNDER CUSTODY POLICE DISPERSING PEOPLE DETAINED PROTESTER BEING CARRIED BY POLICE VARIOUS OF ANOTHER PROTESTER BEING DETAINED AND CARRIED AWAY POLICE WALKING IN THE STREET
- Embargoed: 6th August 2017 15:11
- Keywords: Protests in Ankara demonstrators arrested police in the streets; water cannons; teachers on hunger strike
- Location: ANKARA, TURKEY
- City: ANKARA, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QXT8AV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkish police detained 47 protesters in capital Ankara on Sunday (July 23) demonstrating in support of two teachers arrested for going on a hunger strike, private broadcaster CNNTURK reported.
Literature professor Nuriye Gulmen, 35, and primary school teacher Semih Ozakca, 28, were jailed two months ago over a hunger strike protest which a court ruled was conducted on behalf of a terrorist leftist group, the DHKP-C.
They went on hunger strike after being dismissed from work with a government's decree as part of a widening crackdown.
Police used pepper spray and water cannons on protesters as they gathered in Ankara's Kizilay square. Some demonstrators were dragged away by police and detained, but others returned shortly afterwards trying to maintain their protest.
The teachers have said their hunger strike aims to highlight the plight of around 150,000 state employees suspended or sacked after the July coup attempt, which President Tayyip Erdogan blames on followers of a U.S.-based cleric.
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