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Student Arrested, Loses Scholarship for Speaking Kurdish

Pinar Cetinkaya was not allowed to return to her dorm because she was accused of being a suicide bomber.

Pinar Cetinkaya was not allowed to return to her dorm because she was accused of being a suicide bomber. | Photo: DHA
teleSUR – May 15, 2016

A Kurdish student lost her scholarship and housing for speaking Kurdish to her parents and was released after being questioned for terrorist propaganda.

Her roommates called police after hearing her speak Kurdish on the phone, the only language that her parents understand.

“We’ve had several fights over the same issue in the past few months,” Pinar Cetinkaya told Dogan news agency, adding that she did not expect them to take it so far. “I’m facing a very big injustice. They played with my life, with my future.”

Cetinkaya, a 20-year-old college student, lived on the street for two days after being kicked out. When she returned to gather her belongings, she was not allowed to enter and treated as a suicide bomber, reported DHA on Friday.

She said she has never engaged in terrorist activity and was victim of ethnic discrimination.

Since the Turkish government broke a ceasefire with the Kurdish militant PKK in July, it has cracked down on university students for alleged terrorist propaganda. “Some universities have become separatist terrorist organization camps,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a university speech on Friday. “Do not tolerate these organizations using force.”

May 15, 2016 - Posted by | Civil Liberties | , ,

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