Two more detained for ‘insulting Erdoğan’ at ODTÜ graduation ceremony
The number of people detained by police for placards they carried at the graduation ceremony of the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Ankara has risen to five.
Three people were detained on July 7 with the same charges, according to a statement by the Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office.
Students carried placards with political messages during ODTÜ’s graduation ceremony on July 6, as part of the 62-year-old university’s tradition.
A number of placards referred to the June 24 elections won by Erdoğan, criticizing the government and supporting the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem İnce.
Student leader also detained
Meanwhile, another investigation has been launched into the placards criticizing ODTÜ’s Rector Verşan Kök, according to Turkish media reports.
Students’ Representative Council (ÖTK) chair Özgür Mehmet Gür and other students were detained on July 8.
In total, 12 students were called to give testimony.
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