Monday, 15 June 2015

Briefly: Cop To Plant 600 Trees For Spraying Pepper At 'Woman in Red'

A group of people, including a female academic who became known as the “woman in red”, staged a peaceful protest on May 28, 2013, in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. 

They protested to stop a construction vehicle from cutting down trees, a situation which resulted in nationwide crisis because of the heavy-handed police response.

The female academic, Sungur, who was wearing a red gown at the time of the protest, was sprayed with pepper by a police officer. Sungur was widely nicknamed as the “woman in red.”

A court sitting in Istanbul, sentenced the police officer to 20 months jail and ordered him to plant and nurture 600 trees for six months as community service.

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