Mehtap Yörük, a teacher who was dismissed as part of a government purge against dissidents in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt, has now been selling rice and chickpea in order to earn her living, at a central spot in the eastern part of Diyarbakır.
Yörük’s picture, taken near her rice stall, went viral on social media platforms on Saturday with a comment: “Mehtap Yörük, an Eğitimsen [an education union] member who was dismissed with a government decree, has started selling chickpea-rice on Diyarbakır’s Ofis Sanat Street.”
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
Meanwhile, the crackdown on the Kurdish media and political movement have also gained momentum after the failed coup, with tens of Kurdish mayors along with a number of MPs jailed as part of such operations.
Over 135,000 people, including thousands of teachers, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the movement or the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) since the coup attempt.