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*Protests in ODTU (Middle East Technical University), the Alevi case, and further police violence were the main topics appearing in the media last week.
*Ahmet Atakan, who joined the rally in Hatay to support the ODTU resistance and to protest the war, lost his life after being shot in the head with a gas capsule. Following that, police intervened in the demonstrations held in various cities with pressurized water, tear gas and plastic bullets. Eight of the journalists on duty at the rallies were subjected to police violence.
*The announcement of a mosque-cemevi complex, a joined construction project of Fethullah Gulen Community and Cem Association, sparked heavy criticism and protests. During the Gezi resistance, 5 Alevi citizens lost their lives. The Alevi community and organizations poured onto the streets following Atakan’s death, as he was also an Alevi.
*Another ODTU incident that was brought into media spotlight last week was the conflict regarding the wearing of headscarves. A group of ODTU students protested another student group wearing headscarves and it was reflected in the press as “headscarf tension”. Not long after that, the protesters stated that they were protesting the Gulen Community’s residences, not the students wearing headscarves. However, their way of protesting became a matter of debate. The incident also changed the course of the debates regarding the demonstrations which were exposed to excessive police violence. The demonstrations had been held to protest against the road construction that was planned to cross the ODTU campus and would cause deforestation.