Students detained at graduation ceremony for holding banner commemorating Gezi Park victim Ali İsmail Korkmaz
Two Turkish university students were detained and battered at their graduation ceremony for holding a banner reading "We haven't forgotten Ali İsmail Korkmaz." The 19-year-old Ali İsmail Korkmaz was beaten to death by the police during the Gezi Park protests of 2013.
Two university students who wanted to unfurl a banner bearing the name of the Gezi Park victim Ali İsmail were detained on June 11 at the graduation ceremony held at the central province of Eskişehir's Anadolu University.
Private security guards of the university battered the two students named Egehan Deniz Koska and Alpay Ağaç holding the banner. The students were later detained by the police.
A magazine published by the university students in the city shared the footage of the incident on social media.
"Two Communication Sciences Faculty students, who held a banner of 'We haven't forgotten Ali İsmail' during the graduation ceremony of Anadolu University, were beaten and detained by security guards and police," the magazine named Mevzu said on its social media account on June 11.
Bugün Anadolu Üniversitesi'nin mezuniyet töreni sırasında "Ali İsmail'i unutmadık" yazılı bir pankart açan iki İletişim Bilimleri Fakültesi öğrencisi güvenlik görevlileri ve sivil polisler tarafından darp edilerek gözaltına alındı. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/ZR0hZH9gV8— Mevzu (@mevzudergisi) June 11, 2022
Ali İsmail Korkmaz was beaten to death on June 2, 2013 by a group of police officers and civilians in Eskişehir during the Gezi Park protests. He died on July 10, 2013, after spending 38 days in a coma.
The protests initially started in Istanbul’s Taksim following harsh government response to a group of protesters trying to prevent the cutting down of trees for a large development project planned by the government in 2013, and later spread to other provinces.