Six students in prison for attending 8 March demonstration

Six students in prison for attending 8 March demonstration

Hatice Harman carried the photo of her dead sister at a demonstration on International Women's Day. She is now on trial with six university students accused of "membership of an illegal organization". The students are in prison while Hatice Harman is on trial but not jailed.

The trial is carried out in Malatya 3rd High Criminal Court.

Republican People's Party (CHP) Malatya MP Veli Aðbaba observed the hearing held on 17 January. He was at a hearing when the tear gas was sprayed and reported that they were forced to leave the room due to the affect of the tear gas.

University students Erkin Kocaman, Ayça Kýlýnç, Yusuf Yýlmaz, Uður Pektaþ, Sevcan Göktaþ and Kubilay Uçucu were taken into custody on 3 June 2011 and have been detained at the Malatya E Type Prison since 6 June.

Hatice Harman held up a picture of her daughter Feride Harman who died as the result of a hunger strike. She is tried under allegations of "making propaganda for the Party and Revolutionary Front for the Liberation of the Turkish People (DHKP-C) according to Article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law (TMK). Harman was also present at the Tuesday hearing.

The students are accused of having attended the demonstration and subsequent press release on 8 March 2011 to mark the International Women's Day. Evidence against them includes selling tickets for the Grup Yorum concert and attending a commemoration ceremony for Mahir Çayan.

The defendants are facing prison terms of between one and five years.