Name: Turkey, teachers arrested for writing in Kurdish

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus


MediumPublic Speech

Artist: Six anonymous Turkish teachers

Confronting Bodies: Turkish police

Date of Action: October 2000

Specific Location: Diyarbakir, Turkey

Description of Artwork: Invitations to a World Teachers Day celebration written in Turkish and Kurdish.

Description of Incident: Six Turkish teachers sent out invitations for a World Teachers Day celebration. Turkish police arrested the teachers.

Results of Incident: The police claimed that "publishing and distributing invitations in Kurdish" is a crime under law." The teachers were arrested.

Source: Index on Censorship, 6/2000

Submitted By: NCAC

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