A group of public servants who were fired from their jobs with decrees issued by the Turkish gov’t in the aftermath of last year’s coup attempt, has opened a restaurant in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
According to the Haberdar news portal, the 22 purge-victim public servants who were fired several days after the coup attempt on July 15, 2016, were members of a leftist labor union named Büro Emekçileri Sendikası (BES).
The victims named the restaurant “Proletariat Dining Hall” and provide customers with a 4 for TL8 meal deal.
The Turkish gov’t has so far dismissed 413 BES members since the coup attempt.
This not the first time a group of purge-victim officals come together and start a collective a business to make living. In September, several academics who were fired from their universities by the Turkish gov’t, opened a coffee shop with a small library in the southern Turkish province of Mersin.
Purge-victim professor Ayşe Gül Yılgör, assistant professor Ulaş Bayraktar, research assistant Galip Deniz Altınay, activist Nalan Turgutlu Bilgin told CNN Türk website that they had initially planned on opening a library-like meeting hall, but later decided to turn the plans into a coffee shop that houses a small library and reading hall in it.
“With our postgraduate students, we sometimes conduct studies here at the reading hall,and supervise their dissertations. We will also organize autograph sessions, symposiums, workshop here. The university is going to meet with the city here,” professor Yılgör said.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others.
A total of nine government decrees issued between July 2016 and August 2017 suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 civil servants, including governors, judges, prosecutors, teachers, soldiers and police.
Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.