Mothers one the military cadets who were jailed in the aftermath of a failed military coup in July 2016, have hit the road one more time hours after they were released from police custody.
Pro-Kurdish deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu called on the Turkish authorities to allow the mothers to continue their march to İstanbul.
“Do not stop them,” he tweeted.
Activists and tens of purge-victims gathered in Ankara’s Güven park early on Sunday in order to start a march from Ankara to the Silivri Prison in İstanbul, where the military cadets have been held since the failed coup attempt in 2016. However, Ankara police with assault rifles blocked the entrance to the park and the detained at least 66 activists in order to prevent them from starting the march.
Update: Ankara police stifled the march, dragging mothers along the ground
A group of police officers has stifled the march late on Monday, and detained the mothers of the cadets one more time. The whereabouts of the protesters are currently unknown.
A total of 259 military cadets were detained on coup charges on July 16, 2016 and were arrested four days later. The cadets were indicted one year after they were sent to jail, and their trial was concluded in May 2018. One hundred seventy-eight of the cadets were given life sentences on charges of attempting to overturn the constitutional order and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government and parliament by use of force as well as membership in a terrorist organization.
The cadets say they had no information about a coup attempt unfolding and were acting on orders from their superiors, who told them there was a terrorist attack.
As of January 2020, at least 355 military cadets have been given life sentences on coup charges.
The military coup attempt killed 355 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the abortive putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group. The group denies any involvement.
Bu karda, kışta yürümeye azmetmişse bu anneler, mutlaka adalete ulaşacaklar, mutlaka..!
Onlar yanan yürekleriyle soğuk, yağmur, çamur dinlemiyor ve en önemlisi zulme boyun eğmiyorlar! pic.twitter.com/wxn8pOuYL5
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) January 20, 2020
Melek Çetinkaya, the mother of one of many imprisoned military cadets, announced last week that she would march from Ankara's Güven Park to İstanbul' Silivri prison, where her son is incarcerated. If she is allowed, she will cover 504 km in 20 days || https://t.co/6WuDwTCc6U pic.twitter.com/MZ4gZX044Q
— Turkey Purge (@TurkeyPurge) January 19, 2020