Families of arrested students launch sit-in in front of AKP Provincial Building

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ISTANBUL - The families of the arrested students of the Air Force Academy launched a sit-in protest in front of the Istanbul Provincial Presidency of AKP.

The families of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) İstanbul Air Force Academy students that had been detained and arrested on July 15, 2016 military coup attempt, launched a sit in in front of AKP İstanbul Provincial Presidency building demanding justice. Families coming from İstanbul, Kayseri and Denizli stated that they will continue their sit in until they have results.
 
Police taking measures in front of the provincial building, did not let the families come near the premises. The police prevented the press from taking pictures and removed them from the area.
 
On the other hand, some families broadcasted videos on social media and said: “We  dropped anchor here and we will be here until justice comes. May the President hear us. Our children have no fault."
 
Ayten Güleşçi from Denizli (47) said her son Yasin Güleşçi (25) was taken into custody while he was a student at the İstanbul Air Force Academy and remains in prison since 2015. Mother Güleşçi emphasizing that his son was sentence to life in prison, said: "I came here because I heard the mothers are gathering here. Tomorrow is the visitation day in prison. I have been visiting him for 4 years. I just want my son back.  We want to be treated without any discrimination. We want our children to have their freedom. We will continue our sit-in until we meet someone in charge.. Expressing that they came to AKP building because they are the ones in power, said they will continue their sit in until they get results.
 
Fatma Okka (43), recalling that her son Burhan Okka (24) has been under arrest for 3 years, said: "We left no doors unknocked in the last 3 years. There is no platform we haven't told about what happened. Those who don't want to hear, doesn't hear. Our children did nothing. They do not have any fault in this. They investigated our home, our village, our family." Mother Okka pointing out that everyone supports the mothers in Diyarbakır, said: "We are mothers as well. Are the mothers being discriminated now? We gave our children to the state's most trusted institution, to the Armed Forces. That's why we want them back from them."
 
 

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