Passengers subdued Anil Uskanil, 25, from Turkey, after he tried to enter the cockpit on an American Airlines flight headed from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Student Ceres Borazan, a Kurd from Turkey, claims she was man handled by Erdogan's security detail who were filmed attacking protesters on the street outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.
As she fought him off, he allegedly bludgeoned her with a crowbar, stabbed her to death, and cut off her hands to hide the evidence.
The murder caused a nationwide outpouring of anger over the treatment of women in Turkey, a country that has long struggled with high rates of gender-based violence relative to European countries.
" Twitter soon erupted with the hashtags #Ozgecan Aslan and #sendeanlat, or "you must also tell." More recently, the #Ozgecan Aslan campaign has been used to draw attention to killings of women in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.
Activists say Turkish men routinely face relatively mild penalties when caught injuring or killing women.