Purged academic and teacher on hunger strike detained by police for dozenth time

Nuriye Gulmen being detained by civilian clothed policeman in Ankara

An academic and teacher who were purged from their jobs by decree law in Turkey five months ago have been detained on the 10th day of an indefinite hunger strike in Ankara.

Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca, who began the hunger strike on 9 March after staging a 120 day protest demanding their jobs back, were detained for a second time in Turkey’s capital city on Friday.

The pair were detained by police alongside eight supporters as they were preparing to make a press statement on the 9th day of the hunger strike.

While the eight supporters were released late Friday, Gulmen and Ozakca are still being held in the Ankara Police anti-terror department according to a report in the daily Evrensel.

Gulmen and Ozakca had already been detained after a press statement on the first day of the hunger strike but were released after five days in custody.

The pair were also detained more than 15 times during the 120 day protest.

Gulmen and Ozakca were dismissed from their positions for attending a rally in support of ‘education in the mother tongue’ organised by the Education and Science Workers’ Union (Egitim Sen). Gulmen also signed the Academics for Peace petition calling for an end to security operations in the country’s majority-Kurdish southeast in 2015 and 2016.