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.
🔴 1 Nisan’da Kadıköy’de yapılan Boğaziçi eyleminde işkenceyle gözaltına alınan @DGDernekleri üyesi bir öğrencinin, ağrılarından kaynaklı gittiği hastanede yapılan muayenesinde kaburgalarında ezilme olduğu ve iç kanama geçirdiği öğrenildi. pic.twitter.com/cD9bizw6zL— direnişteyiz (@direnisteyizorg) April 7, 2021
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.