Student wearing ‘part-time hero’ T-shirt released after brief detention

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A university student in the Lapseki district of Çanakkale province was released on Sunday after a brief detention for wearing a T-shirt bearing the words “Part-time hero” amid a series of detentions across Turkey of people wearing “hero” T-shirts.

According to a story on the T24 website, U.A., who went to the village of Şevketiye to work, was detained and was taken to the Lapseki Public Prosecutor’s Office for wearing the T-shirt. U.A. was ultimately released after testifying to a prosecutor.

The hero T-shirts became an issue when Gökhan Güçlü, one of the suspects on trial for an assassination attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the night of a coup attempt last year, was thrown out of the courtroom on July 13 for wearing a similar T-shirt.

More than a dozen people have been detained, with some of them arrested by the court, for wearing the T-shirts since July 13.

According to the private İhlas news agency, the textile firm that manufactures the hero T-shirts stopped production after discussions with the police. The T-shirts were withdrawn from sale in stores and online, İhlas said.

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