Police arrests in Ankara protest for imprisoned teachers

A protest in Ankara in support of two imprisoned hunger striking teachers turned violent as Turkish police used pepper spray and water cannons on demonstrators gathered in the city’s Kizilay Square arresting 47 people.

The two, an academic and a primary school teacher, were jailed two months ago over their hunger strike which a court ruled was conducted on behalf of a terrorist leftist group, the DHKP-C.

They started the strike after being dismissed from work with a government’s decree as part of a widening crackdown following last year’s failed coup attempt against President Erdogen.