The government has seized savings of Mehmet Alkan, a former lieutenant colonel who made headlines after he outspokenly criticised the government during the funeral of his slain brother, who was a captain in the Turkish army.
In a written statement on Twitter on Apr 14, Alkan said he was subjected to government persecution under emergency rules in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt.
“Who caused his death? Those who told us there was a solution” to the country’s Kurdish problem, “and now they are talking about war,” Alkan yelled during the funeral on Aug 25, 2015, four days after his brother was killed during a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack Şırnak’s Beytüşşebap district. Turkish military and PKK resumed attacks on each other after years of ceasefire in July 2015.
Dismissed with a post-coup government decree on Sept 1, 2016, Alkan said his savings at a bank was seized. While the government cancelled his passport, new applications were also refused.
Alkan said he was not even allowed to continue his internship as a lawyer. He had graduated from a law faculty back in the university.
“I am trying to live on wife’s salary,” he said underlining that his neighbors and friends never picks up his phones.