Security attacks women wearing Istanbul Convention masks at graduation ceremony

Female students wearing masks that promote the Istanbul Convention were attacked by private security during the graduation ceremony of Dokuz Eylül University, news platform reported on Sept. 27.

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Female students at Dokuz Eylül University's Literature Faculty were attacked during their graduation ceremony for wearing masks that displayed the message "Istanbul Convention saves lives," news portal reported on Sept. 27.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 20 withdrew Turkey from the Istanbul Convention, an international treaty protecting the rights of women, and prompted nationwide protests for reversing the rights of women.

Months later, women wearing masks promoting Istanbul Convention were battered on stage by private security at the graduation ceremony and LGBTQI+ flags were taken from others' hands by force.

The private security officers took alumni off stage by force after the brawl, and audience members were heard booing the incident.