The Berliner Schaubühne theater has scrapped an upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Richard III in Istanbul, fearing arrest of its staff, on Tuesday.
“The arrests of many journalists, scientists and human rights activists in recent weeks and months,” as well as security concerns, were behind the decision, Deutsche Welle cited a press statement by the theater on Nov 7.
“The impossibility of being able to give those involved a guarantee of their personal security in the current situation ultimately led us not to travel to Turkey.”
Turkish government has launched a sweeping crackdown against all opposition circles in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 failed coup. More than 55,000 people were arrested at home and thousands of others have fled Turkey to seek refuge elsewhere.
Among the arrestees are journalists, academics, theater players, doctors, judges, lawyers, scientists, teachers, rights defenders and a comedian.