Turkish refugee children in Greece lend support to their jailed peers back home in a video recording, released to mark Apr 23 Children’s Day.

Medya Bold online news outlet reported that a group of Turkish nationals in Greece posted the video to mark the day, urging the release of their peers and their mothers from prison in Turkey.

“There are over 700 children behind bars in Turkey,” the group said.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and an ensuing crackdown has left thousands of victims behind. Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against all kinds of opposition.

More than 510,000 people have been detained and some 100,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.

Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.