An Ankara court rejected the prosecutor in charge’s request for the release of Nuriye Gülmen, a former teacher who launched a hunger strike after being removed from the job as part of the government’s post-coup purge.

Under arrest over terror charges since late May, this year, Gülmen was ordered to remain behind bars until the next hearing, scheduled for Dec 1.

Gülmen gave her defence by a video call from a hospital room where she has been held for some time, and said her right to defence had been violated.

Police detained 6 people who protested Gülmen’s imprisonment outside the court room.

The Turkish government started a crackdown on the opposition in the wake of the botched coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and arrested more than 50,000 and dismissed or suspended some 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants.

Gülmen and her fellow colleague Semih Özakça, who was also jailed along Gülmen and then released last month, launched a hunger strike in protest of their dismissal. Their cause has earned support from many circles of the society as many others have joined their protest over time.