Turks protest assault of young nurse who wore shorts on bus
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.