Turkish police have arrested and detained at least 159 Boğaziçi University students for staging a protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s appointment of Melih Bulu as rector to the university.
Bulu is a member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party and his appointment was seen as nepotistic and undemocratic.
“Police, get out. Universities are ours,” chanted the protesters as riot police approached them.
The Istanbul Governor’s Office reported that 108 of the students were detained in front of the South Campus entrance during the protests while 51 others were detained inside the premises.
@meydangazetesi shared videos of two protesters that were reportedly beaten by police during the protests being hospitalized due to the extent of their injuries.
A video showing snipers being deployed on nearby rooftops during the protest was also shared by a group involved in the protests on Twitter.
The students were also protesting the recent arrests of their fellow students over a poster deemed insulting of religious values over the weekend.
At least 4 students were arrested for hanging a poster in front of the new rector’s office depicting the holy site in Mecca and images of the LGBT movement’s rainbow flag.
Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition party mayor of Istanbul, said that he is planning on mediating for the students and police.
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