Category Archives: Accounts of violence

Sex as a police punishment

What you will read below is extremely disturbing. It is the firsthand impressions of a Boğaziçi (Bosphorus) University student who was detained by police in connection with the Gezi Park incidents in Istanbul. We, as a generation, grew up in an atmosphere of state brutality, when most of the time sex crimes were part of the torture process during military [...] → Read the full article…

Police blinded this time by physical assault!

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Police forces have terrorized the country with gas bombs and rubber bullets since Gezi Park demonstrations started. They blinded Hakan Yaman, a 37-year-old father of two kids, who was trying to go back to his house in Istanbul Sarigazi, by kicking him at first, and then they trown him him into the fire. Being admitted to Kartal Education and Research [...] → Read the full article…

The helmet number of the policeman who shot the protestor is a-209

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We were watching the area on camera while a small group of police were using rubber bullets. Shortly afterwards, they started to use tear gas. We joined the crowd who had been facing the police’s rubber bullets and it was then we learnt that a rubber bullet had hit the eye of  one the protestors. The wounded protestor was taken [...] → Read the full article…

Hulya is still beautiful!

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I was walking around Gezi Park when I bumped into this woman. She was sitting quietly. It was not difficult to guess what had happened to her but I wanted to ask her the story. She said that the police had targeted her face. Her teeth are broken and she has some fractures on her jaw. Yet, she is calm [...] → Read the full article…

Endearment via the use violence

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Basak Ozcelik, who was allegedly battered by approximately 20 people in Gundogdu Square, Izmir province, has related her memories: ” I was forced to say that I love PM Erdogan and the Turkish Police. I also heard people’s slogans like, ‘Long live the power of the AK Party Youth!’ 7 June 2013 Source: Social Media

Do not despair and remain hopeful

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Duran Akbas, who was seriously wounded when shot by the police yesterday, is still in the intensive care unit after surgery. He has not yet woken up and is in a critical condition. It is said that his survival is nearly a miracle. We have not lost hope, just as we have not lost hope since Mayday for Dilan, Meral [...] → Read the full article…

Radikal: Police said, “If you are a lawyer, what are you doing here, whore?”

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Crime report from the Ankara bar association: The police have committed the crime of torture that is not compatible with human dignity, and they have deployed disproportionate violence. They have beaten people who declared, “I am a lawyer.” The Ankara Bar Council has lodged a crime report and demanded the identity, and started a criminal case against the police officers [...] → Read the full article…

Story of Başak

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My name is Başak. I am 21 years old. Who did this to me? Handful of dogs!!! I guess a bit further than this would be death… We are not those provocateurs who, with sticks in their hands, are breaking the windows of the banks, destroying the streets and starting fire, and stirring up people making them run around. It’s true; I participated [...] → Read the full article…

Do not hit my wife

I am M.D. Ömür Mavioğlu. I am a retired faculty member of 9 Eylül University. I am an anesthesiologist and rehabilitation specialist. In my medical career of 31 years, I have tried to serve the people with all my knowledge and ability without  compromising my principles. I’ve never acted violently in my daily life and always abhorred acts of violence. [...] → Read the full article…

T24: Human Rights Foundation of Turkey: “640 thousand people have joined the demonstrations, 4 thousand people have been taken into custody and 3 thousand people have been injured”

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Human Rights Foundation of Turkey drew attention to the 4 thousand people who had been taken into custody during the Resistance against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park. 3 thousand people have been injured, mainly in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. In its current commentary, Domestic Affairs has claimed that, in 400 demonstrations that took place in 75 cities, 3 thousand [...] → Read the full article…