Three university students detained over placards insulting Erdogan

by The Region    


Three students of Middle East Technical University (METU), one of the top public universities in Turkey's Ankara were detained for carrying placards that "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Chief Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement on July 7.

“An investigation has been launched into the incident and three people have been detained,” the statement said, adding that the placards were carried during METU’s graduation ceremony.

The Prosecutor’s Office did not specify which placards came under investigation.

Students carried placards with political messages during METU’s graduation ceremony on July 6, as part of the 62-year-old university's tradition.

A number of placards referred to the July 24 elections won by President Erdogan, criticizing the government and education system, supporting peace, democracy and LGBTIQ rights.

Only one placard that went viral on social media directly referred to Erdogan, depicting the Turkish President in a cartoon as eight different animals, including a cow, a snake and a monkey, under the title “The Erdogan World.” However, the graphic used belongs to Penguen magazine and the very same cartoon was cleared of the blame for insulting Erdogan once.