Police mistreatment of Boğaziçi protester causes internal bleeding

A demonstrator who was battered by police during her detention on April 1 suffered bruised ribs and internal bleeding, the Progressive Youth Associations (DGD) reported on April 7. DGD member Öyküm Bozbay was among some 35 protesters who were brutally detained during a protest in Istanbul, where the crowds condemned the detention of Boğaziçi University students.

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A member of Progressive Youth Associations (DGD), Öyküm Bozbay, was diagnosed with bruised ribs and internal bleeding as a result of the police battery she endured on April 1 in Istanbul's Kadıköy district, the organization reported on April 7. 

Bozbay was among dozens of demonstrators whom police battered during detention on April 1, as crowds gathered in Kadıköy to condemn the detention of Boğaziçi University students during their protest of the president's appointment of a party member as rector to the school.

The Boğaziçi community has been consistently protesting the president's anti-democratic appointment of a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) member as rector since Jan. 2. 

Ankara's response to the Boğaziçi community has been harsh since the start of the protests, with dozens of students and demonstrators taken into police custody, and criminal prosecution underway for dozens more. 

Bozbay was admitted to the hospital on April 5 for aches, and was in good health, DGD noted.

Some 35 protesters were violently detained by police on April 1, when Bozbay also suffered her injuries, and images of police assaulting students prompted outrage on social media.