Protests of any kind face direct intervention from either private security guards or official law enforcement authorities all across the country.
Security officials attacked a group of students at the canteen of Anadolu University’s Faculty of Communication Sciences in Eskişehir province while the latter were protesting the government crackdown on Turkey’s leading secular newspaper, Cumhuriyet, on Tuesday.
Detention warrants were issued for 18 journalists and staff at Cumhuriyet, and police began to take them into custody one by one on Monday morning. Fifteen people including the daily’s editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu have been detained so far. The Cumhuriyet daily is facing an investigation over charges of helping the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and FETÖ. FETÖ, meaning Fethullahist Terror Organization, is a derogatory term and acronym coined by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government to refer to the faith-based Gülen movement. Erdoğan and the AK Party accuse the movement of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15. The movement strongly denies any involvement.
Security guards are seen grabbing some copies of Cumhuriyet daily from students and tearing them apart.
Police also detained seven students who were part of a crowd that gathered in front of the Cumhuriyet daily’s İstanbul headquarters to protest the detention of 13 journalists on Monday.