A Bursa man identified only by the initials Ö.G. was briefly detained on Friday upon a complaint that he was wearing a “hero” T-shirt.
Bursa police detained Ö.G. following a false tipoff that reported him to police as wearing a hero T-shirt. Police stopped Ö.G. near Bursa’s touristic Koza Han and interrogated him. He was released when they discovered that his T-shirt only bore the word “heart.”
T-shirts with the word “hero” printed on them 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 July 15, 2016 failed coup, was thrown out of the courtroom for wearing a T-shirt bearing the word “hero” because it caused tension between the parties during the hearing.
At least 40 people have been detained for wearing hero T-shirts since the summer.