At least 26 people were detained after police intervened into a group, gathered to read a press statement in solidarity with Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, two educators who started hunger strike after being dismissed in the aftermath of the July 15 coup, 2016 attempt.

Police intervened into the protesters who gathered in Ankara’s Sakarya Street on Thursday and detained 26 of them including 23 women, according to Turkish media.

The protest marked the first gathering after Ankara Governor’s Office banned all demonstrations in the capital province at some designated streets over security concerns.

Gülmen was fired from Konya Selçuk University for her alleged ties to the Gülen movement. Meanwhile, Özakça was a teacher at a primary school in Turkey’s eastern province of Mardin before he was purged over ties to a terrorist organization. They have been on hunger strike for the past 120 days.

Both hunger striker have been under arrest for quite some time and media report their medical condition as serious.