A purge-victim Turkish judge has become a watermelon vendor in an attempt to rebuild his life after being fired from his job with a government decree issued under post-coup emergency rule in 2016.
“Why do I have to sell watermelon and honey? Le me go back to my real job. We want our jobs,” he has recently tweeted along with pictures in which he is seen selling watermelon vs. standing at a court room as a judge.
More than 145,000 people have lost their jobs as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown own its critics. It has become common occurrence that teachers, academics, journalists who were impacted by the crackdown shifted to low-profile positions to earn their livings.