Turkish Hunger Striker Convicted by Court, But Released
A hunger striker, who captured public imagination with her stubborn and tenacious resistance to the government purge during emergency rule, has been finally released from prison on Saturday.
Nuriye Gulmen, a university academic, was sacked by an emergency decree as part of a wider purge to cleanse the universities of government critics late last year. She was imprisoned by authorities this summer when she launched a hunger strike and inspired nation-wide sit-in protests in metropolitan cities.
On Friday, an Ankara court sentenced her to six years and three months in prison over “links” to an outlawed the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C). But she was released pending an appeal.
— Nuriye Gülmen (@NuriyeGulmen) December 3, 2017
Another fellow hunger striker, Semih Ozakca, a school teacher, had previously been acquitted of a similar charge. The two names strictly reject any link to the far-left group, which is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and E.U.
Their peaceful gathering in Ankara’s Guven Park was systematically and repeatedly broken by anti-riot police.
More than 150,000 public servants have lost their jobs in government dismissals.