Academic Nuriye Gülmen suffered from low blood pressure on May 8 or the 61st day in a hunger strike she has been staging along with a teacher, in protest of their dismissal under post-coup emergency rules.
Joined by dismissed teacher Semih Özakça, Gülmen has been on hunger strike in front of a human rights memorial on Ankara’s Yuksel Street since Mar 11. They demonstrated a months-long protest at the same place before they started their hunger strike.
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.
Both have been detained several times due to their protests.
In a video recording filmed on the 61st day in their hunger strike, Gülmen seems faint and both she and Özakça look like they lost some weight.
More than 130,000 people have lost their jobs over alleged or real ties to the movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.