An Ankara prosecutor issued detention warrants for Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, two educators who have been on hunger strike for more than seventy days in order to protest their dismissals under post-coup emergency rules.
Gülmen was fired from Konya Selçuk University for her alleged ties to the Gülen movement. Meanwhile, Özakça was a teacher at a primary school in Turkey’s eastern province of Mardin before he was purged over ties to a terrorist organization.
They demonstrated a months-long protest at the same place before they started their hunger strike. Both have been detained several times due to their protests.
More than 130,000 people have lost their jobs over alleged or real ties to the movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.