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After the two dismissed educators in Turkey – Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça – were arrested on the 75th day of their hunger strike, other dismissed individuals, human rights activists and friends and family members of Gülmen and Özakça had taken over their place in front of the Human Rights Statue on Yüksel Street of Ankara, where the two had held a demonstration to demand their jobs back for months before their arrest.
On Wednesday (July 12), Esra Özakça – wife of Semih Özakça -, dismissed educator Nazife Onay, Nazan Bozkurt, dismissed educator Acun Karadağ, and Erdoğan Canpolat got house arrest for demanding the release of the hunger-striking educators, who have already left 127 behind in their strike.
Just a few days before that, a family member of a victim of the Ankara Massacre, Adem Kızılçay, had also got punished with house arrest for having launched a march from İzmir to Ankara to stand in solidarity with the educators and to demand their release.
The 5 demonstrators from Ankara had been taken into custody on Thursday (July 6) last week after a police raid in their houses. While they were initially released with the condition of legal control, prosecutor objected to the decision and sought for the family members and friends of the hunger-striking educators to get a house arrest.
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