“Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça were both terminated from their jobs by emergency decrees following the coup attempt in July 2016. Gülmen and Özakça are two of 4,811 academics and 40,000 teachers who were dismissed by emergency decrees. They have now been on hunger strike for over 80 days and were arrested on 22 May 2017 in dawn raids, with police breaking down their doors. They are in prison in Ankara. Their lives are now in danger due to their desire for justice. They should be released and their jobs should be reinstated. Please support all people advocating freedom of expression and democracy in Turkey.”

Margaret Atwood