Under arrest in Kocaeli’s Gebze Women’s Prison, 26-year-old Zehra Epli set herself on fire in order to what other inmates say protest arrests of Kurdish politicians.
According to T24 online news outlet which cites Evrensel newspaper as its source, Epli burnt herself at the prison’s bathroom. Fellow inmates from her holding cell told lawyer associations that Epli killed herself in order to protest the government crackdown against the Kurdish politicians.
Meanwhile, pro-government news outlets said Epli died after she hanged herself by a headscarf at the bathroom.
Epli was under arrest on accusation of membership to the outlawed Kurdistans’ Workers Party (PKK).
Over the past week, Turkish courts arrested ten pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies including the party’s Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ who were detained in the early hours of last Friday following police raids on their homes.