An Ankara-based nurse who was removed from her job as part of the Turkish government’s post-coup crackdown, has died of cancer, leaving her three children behind, opposition deputy Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu tweeted on Nov 19.
Gülhan Köseler, a 33-year-old nurse in Ankara’s Mamak was diagnosed with cancer after she was dismissed from the post with an emergency decree.
“The last time she visited her husband in a [Bolu] prison, she was dead-beat due to the chemotherapy,” Gergerlioglu said. The coup has a 10-year-old boy and 8-year-old twin daughters.
More than 220,000 people have passed through custody while 80,000 were remanded in pre-trial detention since the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, over 170,000 have lost their jobs since then.
Most of those persecuted were targeted over their links to the Gulen movement, which the government blames for the July 15, 2016 failed coup, a claim the group denies.