A 43-year old Turkish mother Melek Cetinkaya struggles to free her imprisoned son from a life sentence. She started her protest last September and she has been jailed nearly 30 times in her fight for her son.
Melek’s son Furkan Cetinkaya has been arrested when he was 19 years old in 2016. Furkan was an air force cadet. He was detained for participating in failed revolution against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.
He was sentenced to life in prison in 2018. Melek would not usually catch the police’s attention when she protest in her multi-colored headscarf and a long coat.
But when she wears a jacket asking for justice for her imprisoned son. It is only minutes before two female police officers silently grab her and took her into a white van.
After the coup attempt, thousands of people detained. And nearly 150,000 public sector workers were suspended as part of a crackdown on groups linked to the move and other government opponents.
A total of 355 cadets have given the life sentence. But their families said that they have no involvement in a coup.
Melek urged passers-by “to learn about the injustices, illegalities and unfair legal process” her son and others experienced.”
She said: “Please ensure the cadets’ voices are heard.”