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6 May 1972
Source: BG D29/996


On May 6, 1972, the radical Turkish student leader Deniz Gezmiş was hanged. The 26-year-old political scientist, who was called Turkey's Che Guevara, had been the leader of the occupation of Istanbul University in 1968. Later on he was involved in a bank robbery and the hijacking of four American soldiers. No blood had been spilled in these actions, but, according to the sentence by a military court, the constitutional order had been endangered. That same night Deniz's colleagues Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin Inan were executed.

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