Protests against pro-AKP rector in Turkey spread while police attacks and detains more citizens

The protests against the appointed rector of Boğaziçi University have spread after 159 students were detained yesterday. The protests continued through the day despite violent police attacks in Ankara and İstanbul's Kadikoy
Tuesday, 02 February 2021 21:08

Turkish police detained 159 students on Monday, trying to prevent the protests against the newly appointed pro-AKP president of the Boğaziçi University. The protests at Boğaziçi University started right after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed the new rector on January 2 and continued with the participation of students, university staff, and citizens. 

The day after the last police attack, students organized a protest in Ankara to support their friends and faced police prevention and detentions. 

The police also intervened in the crowd's protest in Kadikoy, İstanbul, by using plastic bullets and pepper gas. Tens of people were also detained in both cities. 

Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) yesterday called for solidarity with the university students and staff and said TKP would be in Kadikoy to protect the students' righteous demands. Making a statement on behalf of the TKP İstanbul Provincial Organization, Senem Doruk said, "The government that is hostile to youth, science, and labor is attacking the people. We will not surrender; we will protect the country."

The protests continued in Kadikoy despite the violent police attack today. At night, hundreds of citizens showed their support from their homes by banging pots and pans across the country.