26/03/2021 | Writer: Yiğit E Korkmaz
Police attacked and detained four students carrying a rainbow flag representing LGBTI+’s, at Boğaziçi University. Police also attacked and detained students protesting the detention of their friends.
Photo: Resist Bogazici
Four students were detained in the Hisarüstüstu Neighborhood of İstanbul, where campuses of Boğaziçi University are located, on the grounds that they were "carrying an LGBTI+ flag".
The disciplinary investigation against a student carrying a rainbow flag during the protests against the assignment of the rector was on the agenda today. N.D., who raised a rainbow flag during protests attacked by police on February 1, targeted by a disciplinary investigation that says "you went upstairs and waved the LGBTI+ flag". N.D. was to give a statement in the scope of the investigation.
Police attacked students trying to enter the university to support their friends. In Hisarüstü, where Boğaziçi University is located, police detained four people on the grounds that they were "carrying an LGBTI+ flag".
"We don't care what you are, this flag is forbidden." police said, according to Boğaziçi TV. However, the police officers did not explain why and how the LGBTI+ flag was banned, and arbitrarily took away the flag.
Students met outside the university's North Campus to protest the detention of their friends. Police surrounded the students and tried to prevent the students from coming together, citing the outbreak. The students chanted "Let our friends be released" and "We are not silent, we are not afraid, we do not obey."
Police also attacked students protesting the attack on their friends and also kicked a dog. Police detained at least 8 students in the attack.
The live broadcast of Boğaziçi TV that continued all day, has shut down after the police attack.
Tags: human rights, education