President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed Prof. Melih Bulu as a rector to Boğaziçi University, students and academics have been protesting this appointment. While hundreds of people were detained during these protests both at the campus and in different parts of Istanbul and Turkey, 11 students in total, including two Boğaziçi University students, were arrested.
These 10 people have also been placed under house arrest as a judicial control measure in this process. The house arrest began, when the officials of the Supervised Release Directorate came to them house and put an electronic bracelet around their ankle. After the electronic bracelet, they started to live a prison life in their home.
Hazar Kolancalı, 23. Boğaziçi University student. She is one of the two Boğaziçi students who were given a house arrest warrant following the detentions of school students.
Hazar is spending most of her time studying for her upcoming finals. She talks to Sena Nur Baş, another friend from the university, who is also under house arrest, over Zoom. This is the only place they can meet.
Sena Nur Baş, 24, Boğaziçi University student. Another Boğaziçi student who was given a house arrest warrant following the detention of school students.
Sena is spending her spare time painting. She has LGBTI + and Beşiktaş Football Club's flags hanging from her window.
Ozan Acıdere, 24, university student. He lives with his brother and his friends, all of whom are Boğaziçi students except for Ozan. All the members of the household are spending their time attending protests.
Ozan speaks on the phone with his friend. These days he is receiving many phone calls from people who want to pass on their best wishes.
Hivda Selen, 22, university student and political activist. Hivda believes that house arrest is no different from being in prison. The feeling of being constantly watched with the clamp attached to her foot is causing her to worry in her own home, in the safest of spaces.
Hivda is spending her time thinking about how she can support the action for the upcoming March 8 Feminist Women's March from her home. For her, being at home does not mean distancing herself from the struggle.
Baran Doğan, 27, children’s drama instructor. The terace of his house has become an important place where he can see the sky.
After his house arrest Baran has continued giving online drama classes to the kids.
Melis Akyürek, 34, clinical psychologist. She is trying to continue her life where it left off after her house arrest. Melis can continue her business online from home and says "I think I am the only lucky person in this matter".
Melis is sitting in the balcony with her cat Pablo. The electronic handcuffs on her feet bear the numbers of 10 people arrested and sent to prison as a result of the Boğaziçi Protests.
Suat Bozkurt, 40, engineer. Two days after this photo was taken, Suat's house arrest decision was changed into a ban on leaving the district where his home is located. If Suat leaves the district, he will be tracked by law enforcement officials with the electronic clamp on his foot.
Suat is married and has a son. His mother, who had been visiting him from Izmir on the day he joined the protest, continued to stay at her son's house after he was placed under house arrest. His wife is working and only his mother can go out to provide for the family’s daily needs.
Göksu Uyar, 33, cook. As a result of the closure of restaurants under Covid-19 measures, Göksu had not been able to work for a long time prior to the house arrest warrant. Göksu is a member of the ‘Café Bar Workers Solidarity' which has been established by cafe and bar employees in response to the impact of Covid-19 measures on the sector. On the banner behind him it says, “This Street has no windows, this plate is empty #struggletomakealiving’’
The banner prepared at Göksu's house is on Bar Street in Kadıköy district, one of the most important streets for Istanbul's entertainment industry. Café Bar Workers Solidarity, are urging Turkey's government to support the sector employees for the duration of Covid-19 measures.
Aslı Altınok, 23, university student and political activist. Aslı spends most of her time with her dog Layka and her cat Tekir. In the banner she hung on the window it is written "Freedom to Boğaziçi prisoners, #Voice to HomePrison.” She has attached rainbow colored paper to the electronic clamp on her wrist to support the LGBTI + movement, who are at the center of the protests.
Aslı started sculpting during the Covid-19 lockdown. She is continuing this new hobby during her house arrest.
Muhammed Hizmetçi, 24, translator. A house arrest warrant was issued for him as a result of his participation in the Boğaziçi protests. Muhammed is a translator who works from home. Even though house arrest hasn’t affected his working conditions, he says that he misses going to the market, and walking around his garden.
Muhammed is conducting a Zoom meeting with other people who were also sentenced to house arrest. In this meeting they are discussing how they are finding the house arrest process and whether they can organise something together.