Istanbul: As many as 62 children have been sent to treason in Turkey, soon after the military coup that took place last week. The youngsters, aged 14 to 17, were from Kuleli Military school, the oldest of its kind in Istanbul.
They have reportedly been thrown in jail and are not allowed to speak to their parents.
Their families say that just before the coup the children were invited to a school cocktail party but were made to parade with guns, dress in army uniforms and guard their campus. The mother of an arrested 15-year-old boy was desperately waiting for news outside Istanbul’s Maltepe Prison. Our child has never held a gun before, she said. They were used, they were forced to do this.