Arrest warrants were issued for 17 supporters of the Turkish football club, Beşiktaş for holding a banner during a Sunday match that read: “Let Nuriye, Semih live!”
Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, the two jailed educators have been on a hunger strike to protest their dismissal by a post-coup government decree, for 155 days. Gülmen was fired from Konya Selçuk University for her alleged ties to the Gülen movement while 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.
Arrest warrants were issued for 17 individuals for holding a banner on behalf of the outlawed Revolutionary People s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), a statement from the Samsun’s Public Prosecutor’s Office read on Aug 10.
The banner was opened during Turkish Super Cup final between Beşiktaş and Konyaspor in Samsun province on Sunday.