Massive Protests in Turkey After student Murdered & burnt in Attempted rape
Hundreds took to the streets of Mersin, Turkey – the hometown of brutally murdered student Özgecan Aslan – to protest against her killing. Others joined in similar demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul, according to local media.
Hundreds of women attended Aslan’s funeral in her native town of Mersin on the country’s southeastern coast. Many of them defied the imam conducting the funeral, after he called on them to stay in the back. Instead, they occupied the front. Women also carried the coffin before and after prayer.
Demonstrations were also held in Ankara and Istanbul, with protesters carrying photographs of Aslan and other female victims of violence.
Hundreds of women’s rights activists chanted slogans in solidarity with Aslan in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, such as “You will never walk alone!” They also demanded that Family and Social Policies Minister Aysenur Islam step down.
Aslan was last seen on a minibus by a school friend while traveling from home to college on February 11. The friend reportedly got off the bus before Aslan.