Tag Archives: Police brutality

Birgün: A deportation scandal

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It has turned out that the police, whose use of excessive power in the Gezi protests has been debated repeatedly, have started to do the courts’ jobs. Though the German citizen of Turkish origin Ekim Deniz Doğan who was arrested on July 7 was released by the court, the Public Security Branch Office (a department of the İstanbul Police Department) [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet: What if your kid was shot in the head while he was going to buy bread and had not yet woken up after 39 days?

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You see the question in this title… It wipes you out. It shatters you, it ruins you. How can any heart endure this pain? It’s your kid, it’s your life… What could be beyond that? There, Berkin, has been sleeping for 39 days, just like that… He has had two brain surgeries. He is still unconscious. It’s not clear whether [...] → Read the full article…

Science: Turkey must end violent response to protests

Edited by Jennifer Sills THE TURKISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (TTB) REPORTED THAT 8121 PEOPLE WERE OFFICIALLY admitted to hospitals resulting from police violence between 31 May and 26 June (1). This number includes 5 deaths, 61 life-threatening injuries, 104 head traumas, and 11 ophthalmic injuries, one of which led to loss of an eye due to shots of tear gas canisters from [...] → Read the full article…

habersoL: Gezi detainee talked about what he went through in Metris prison; ‘The inmates were recounting their murders’

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Umut Akgül, who was arrested during the Gezi Park protests, talked about what he went through in the cells of Metris Prison where he was held alongside homicide suspects . Akgul was not allowed to sleep for days, was forced to fast and shown news clippings of murders .. The prison attorney’s response was, “This is the prison, enjoy it!” [...] → Read the full article…

Birgün: Father’s day gift from AKP – Osman Öztürk

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This is a letter from Selim Önder’s daughter, Ayşe Önder. Selim Önder, after being exposed to gas canister smoke in his own home in Taksim, had suffered from problems of respiratory distress and lost his life on Father’s Day. The Letter to the Turkish Medical Association Dear Turkish Medical Association, This letter is not political, not about politics, but about [...] → Read the full article…

Hurriyet Daily News: Court halts prosecution of officer who shot Gezi protester due to lack of permission

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An Ankara court has stopped the prosecution process regarding the police officer who shot and killed Ethem Sarısülük during a Gezi Park protest because it does not have permission to try the officer. The Sixth Ankara Criminal Court decided to send the investigation files regarding Sarısülük’s alleged shooter, identified as A.Ş., to the prosecutor’s office for the completion of “the [...] → Read the full article…

Turkey Account of Violence: “ The ones who are weak are not the women, but the ones who perceive us as weak!”

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The Turkish police don’t hold back in prosecuting their own punishment mechanisms while intervening in the protests which have spread nationwide. With the aim of being the security force, the prosecutor and the judge all at the same time, the police not only torture but also sexually harasses the protesters they have detained or taken into custody. Eylem Karadağ, who [...] → Read the full article…

Reuters: Turkish police fire tear gas at Istanbul protesters

Riot police detain an anti-government protester at Istiklal Street in central Istanbul July 13, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish police fired water cannon and tear gas on Saturday to disperse hundreds of protesters who gathered to march to Gezi Park, which has been at the heart of fierce unrest against Prime Minister Erdogan’s rule. Protesters scattered, running into sidestreets where police pursued them, before starting to regroup on Istiklal Street, meters from the main Taksim Square. The demonstrators [...] → Read the full article…

FıratNews: Police terror ruins lives

The police terror, described by the PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as “epic”, has another one of its victims, İsmail Aslan, who is an undergraduate of philosophy at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Aslan, attempting to enter Taksim Square on the 6th of July upon the call for action by Gezi Solidarity Platform, got injured on his forehead by a gas-shell, [...] → Read the full article…