Kurdish teachers

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Date: 2000

Region: Middle East

Subject: Language

Medium: Public Art


Artists: Six anonymous Turkish teachers

Confronting Bodies: Turkish police

Date of Action: October 2000

Location: Diyarbakir, Turkey

Description of Artwork: Invitations to a World Teachers Day celebration written in Turkish and Kurdish.

The Incident: Six Turkish teachers sent out invitations for a World Teachers Day celebration. Turkish police arrested the teachers.

Results of Incident: The police claimed that "publishing and distributing invitations in Kurdish" is a crime under law." The teachers were arrested.

Source: Index on Censorship, 6/2000