Kezban Şaçılık, the septuagenarian mother of the purge-victim Turkish civil servant Veli Şaçılık, was reportedly beaten by a group of police officers for publicly protesting his son’s dismissal under post-coup emergency rule.

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’.

More than 150,000 public servants have been fired from their jobs by the Turkish government after a coup attemot of July 15, 2016.

In October, an Ankara prosecutor launched a probe against 7 people including Kezban Şaçılık on charges for opposing the “law on meetings and demonstration.”

Veli Saçılık is best 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.

Saçılık was dismissed from his job by a government decree issued in the aftermath of the coup attempt on July 15, 2016.