By Agence France-Presse
Turkish police have during the last week detained at the least 15 folks for carrying a T-shirt with a slogan the authorities argue is a veiled message backing the alleged mastermind of final yr’s failed coup.
Police throughout the nation have been detaining folks carrying T-shirts with the phrase “Hero” in English in white capital letters in opposition to a black background, with the slogan beneath “Heroes are Immortal”.
The authorities say the slogan is a veiled message of assist for Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Islamic preacher blamed by the Turkish authorities for the July 15 failed coup aimed toward ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The controversy erupted on July 13 when a suspect tried over an alleged plot to assassinate Erdogan on the coup night time was photographed going into courtroom carrying the white “Hero” T-shirt.
This prompted outrage on social media, with customers saying it was an insult to the 249 folks killed by the hands of the coup plotters. Erdogan stated that coup suspects ought to in future put on Guantanamo-style jail jumpsuits.
According to an AFP depend primarily based on reviews on the Anadolu and Dogan information company, at the least 15 folks have been detained during the last week for carrying the T-shirt.
Those detained have included a relative of one of many accused over the coup who attended a trial in Ankara carrying the “Hero” T-shirt.
A waiter working in a luxurious lodge in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya was arrested after witnesses noticed him carrying the T-shirt whereas going to work, Anadolu stated.
In the newest arrests Saturday, a couple have been arrested in Antalya and man in the western metropolis of Canakkale for carrying the T-shirt.
The younger couple in Antalya, who’re each 22, have been noticed carrying matching T-shirts on a motorcycle after which chased down by police, the Hurriyet every day stated.
Some of the T-shirt carrying suspects have been remanded in custody whereas others, like two college students who wore the garment in the town of Eskisehir have been launched after saying it was purchased accidentally.
Those remanded in custody have been accused of creating “propaganda for a terrorist group”.
“Citizens are denouncing individuals who put on the “Hero” T-shirt and police are detaining them,” wrote one person on Twitter. “Our society has completely lost its mind.”(AFP)