An Ankara prosecutor has launched a probe against 7 people including Kezban Şaçılık, the septuagenarian mother of the dismissed civil servant Veli Şaçılık.

Veli Saçılık is a former political prisoner and public servant who was sacked by government decree in the aftermath of a July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. He has been staging protests against his dismissal and his colleagues’.

According to media, an investigation was launched into the seven people who once took part in similar protests like Veli’s, on charges for opposing the “law on meetings and demonstration.”

More than 150,000 people have lost their jobs in Turkey’s post-coup purge of state institutions.

Saçılık is also remembered for having the lower part of his arm torn off by a backhoe that the Turkish government used to demolish walls during a crackdown on hunger strikers in Turkish prisons on July 5, 2000. The arm was thrown in a dustbin and was later found in the mouth of a street dog. The European Court of Human Rights heard the case of Saçılık and others and ordered that Turkey pay the victims TL 46,000 in compensation.

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