Turkey’s Jailed Students Need Our Attention

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

On March 19, 2018, a group of students from the Society for Islamic Research (BISAK) at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University opened a stand at the campus to distribute sweets (lokum/Turkish delight) to commemorate Turkish soldiers killed in Turkey’s capture of the northern Syrian town of Afrin. In response, a group of antiwar students staged a peaceful demonstration, carrying banners that read “No Delight for Invasion and Massacre,” and “The Palace Wants War, the People Demand Peace.” A short-lived tension erupted between the groups.