Students Face 3 Years in Jail For Organising Peaceful Pride Protest

Eighteen students and one academic at Turkey’s Ankara Middle East Technical University are set to go on trial for organising a Pride sit-in last year. They face up to three years in jail if found guilty.

The university told the students they could not go ahead with their annual Pride march on campus so the accused organised the peaceful protest instead.

The sit-in was broken up by police who used excessive force – including tear gas – against the protesters. At least 23 students were arrested. 

Those charged are accused of “participating in an unlawful assembly” and “failing to disperse despite being warned”.

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