At least 5 people were detained for attending local protests in Sakarya against detainment of journalists Ekrem Dumanlı and Hidayet Karaca in 2014, as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement on Tuesday.
The detainees are reported to be former employees of Feza College and a prep school, both of which were earlier closed down over Gulen links.
According to media, the detainees are accused of having affiliation to the movement for their attendance in local protests against the government crackdown on media in 2014.
Turkey is no strange to imprisonment of people for just attending such protests. An Edirne judge ruled on arrest of four people who attended similar protests in the northwestern Turkish province, on Oct. 25, 2017.
Turkish government detained Ekrem Dumanlı, former editor in-chief-of the now-closed-down Zaman daily and of Hidayet Karaca, former CEO of another government-shut-down media outlet, Samanyolu TV channel, on terrorism charges as part of its ever-widening pressure against the Gülen movement on Dec. 14, 2014. While the former was later released pending trial, Karaca has been under arrest since then.
Subscribers of both outlets protested detentions in peaceful demonstrations and via press statements across the country.
The government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, attempting to overthrow the government via corruption probes in 2013, helping Moody’s downgrade Turkey’s sovereign credit rating, downing of Russian warplane and causing a breakdown in peace process with Kurdish minority and of many other similar wrongdoings.
The movement denies allegations.