Adana police fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse a public meeting held by the members of Furkan Foundation, a social-religious civic society group known for its critical stance against the Turkish government.

Video footages on Twitter revealed that dozens of police officers employed an excessive use of force to disperse the protestors.

The Furkan Foundation is known for being critical of the Turkish government and for ardently advocating that religion and politics should not mix.

The foundation’s president, Alparslan Kuytul, was arrested in 2018 for criticizing Turkey’s military involvement in northern Syria. He publicly opposed the government’s decision to send Turkish soldiers to Afrin, after which he was detained along with 28 other people from foundation.

They were charged with “abusing their religious power” and “organizing a terrorist organization. Kuytul was acquitted in 2020, but raids on members’ homes and offices in various cities have repeatedly taken place since then.