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“The Sin of 37 People is Yours” Said Gülmen, who has been on hunger strike for 75 days

Academician Nuriye Gülmen, who went on a hunger strike with the teacher Semih Özakça for 74 days because they were dismissed from their job by a statutory decree (SD), memorialized the citizens who committed suicide during the period of state of emergency by saying “The sin of 37 people who committed suicide is yours”.

According to Dihaber, Gümen arrived in front of the Human Rights Monument on Yüksel Street today. Teacher Özakça could not come because of his unwellness caused from hunger strike.

Gülmen reminded citizens who committed suicide during the period of state of emergency while speaking to citizens.

CHP had reported that 35 people committed suicide during the state of emergency declared after the coup attempt. BBC Turkish had given this number as 37.

The first comment from the government on Gülmen’s hunger strike came from İbrahim Aydemir, vice-president of the AKP Human Rights Commission. Aydemir said; “Acts like hunger strike are not welcomed by both our beliefs and our values.”

“The Sin Is Yours”

Gülmen said as followings by referring to these words; “The sin of 37 people who committed suicide is yours. The sin of all people who feared from dismissal, all the bad events that dismissed people had, all parents who could not bring bread to their children, the sin of all of these is yours.”

Gülmen ordered her demands that are the removal of the state of emergency, the cancellation of the SDs and the return of people who were not involved in the coup attempt to their jobs.

She added; “After that, they will not dismiss people with SDs or rule the country with SDs. Only then I think they have something to say about justice.”

Hunger Strike for 74 Days

Gülmen was suspended from her job in Selçuk University because of an investigation opened under the claim of ‘FETÖ’, and then dismissed with the SD No. 679 published on January 6th.

Özakça was also expelled from his job as a classroom teacher in Mardin Mazıdağı Cumhuriyet Primary School with the SD No. 675.

Two educators started a hunger strike in front of the Human Rights Monument after 120 days of resistance on Yüksel Street. Today is the 74th day of Gülmen and Özakça’s hunger strikes.

Osman Bilgin

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