Turks protest as­sault of young nurse who wore shorts on bus

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IS­TAN­BUL — Turks donned shorts and gath­ered in cen­tral Is­tan­bul on Sun­day to con­demn the as­sault of a young nurse who was at­tacked on a bus for wear­ing shorts.

With chants of “Don’t in­ter­fere with my shorts!” the protest aimed to show sol­i­dar­ity with Ay­segul Terzi, who was kicked in the face by a man, Ab­dul­lah Cakiroglu, on Sept. 12.

Cakiroglu con­fessed to at­tack­ing Terzi for what he called her “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” cloth­ing yet was re­leased from cus­tody de­spite ex­press­ing no re­morse, ac­cord­ing to Turk­ish news re­ports. Fol­low­ing a pub­lic up­roar over the at­tack, he was then re­ar­rested on charges of in­cit­ing ha­tred and in­ter­fer­ing with the right to free­dom.

On so­cial me­dia, crit­ics ac­cused Turk­ish authorities of ex­press­ing tacit ap­proval of Cakiroglu’s ac­tions.

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