Tag Archives: Police brutality

International Federation for Human Rights: Turkey: Growing and worrying repression of protesters and civil society

Authorities failing to prosecute crimes against protesters. Following the death of a fifth protester, the FIDH deplores the response to the demonstrations that have been held throughout Turkey since 28 May. Rather than promoting reconciliation and ensuring that Turkey’s citizens are protected and freedom of speech respected, the authorities are engaging in a veritable “witch hunt” against protesters, observers and [...] → Read the full article…

The World Medical Association: End excessive force in Turkey

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By Cecile B. Wilson, MD – The President of the World Medical Association (12.07.13) The Turkish Medical Association (TMA) has drawn our attention to hundreds of cases of injury and detention following police confrontations with protestors that began in response to demonstrations in Gezi Park Istanbul May 27. The majority of those injuries according to the TMA were caused by the [...] → Read the full article…

Hurriyet Daily News: Police strike people protesting death of 19-year-old Gezi protester in southern Turkey

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Turkish police intervened against nearly 3,000 people protesting the murder of a 19-year-old Gezi Park protester who died of his wounds July 10, after staying in a coma for 33 days, in the southern province of Hatay. Following the funeral of Ali İsmail Korkmaz, who succumbed to his injuries in hospital after being beaten by unidentified people in Eskişehir in [...] → Read the full article…

Fıratnews: Who says there’s no torture at Police Stations in Istanbul?

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Some people may continuously claim that there is no torture at the police station anymore, Metin Toprak says, yet, they were exposed to all kinds of psychological torture including naked body search, insulting, being dragged on the ground, preventing the need to use toilet. Metin Toprak is a chef cook and he was detained and his nose was broken by a chief police officer on the opening [...] → Read the full article…

Radikal: Burcu Sarak tells what she’s gone through in the Gezi lockup

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Music group Grup Abdal’s singer Burcu Sarak was taken into custody on the 6th of July. Her mother was also taken into custody because she didn’t want to let the police take her daughter. Burcu Sarak tells what she has gone through in the detention house: “They made my friend strip stark naked; they insulted and swore me; they didn’t [...] → Read the full article…

Hurriyet Daily News: Over 1,200 hospitalized during Gezi protests, Turkish health ministry says

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In a bid to show that it was well focused on developments concerning the Gezi Park protests, the Health Ministry has announced that 535 people in Istanbul and 1,223 people throughout Turkey were transferred to the hospitals, over the period of a month during the unrest. The Health Ministry cited these numbers to highlight that it had closely followed these [...] → Read the full article…

The National: Turkish forces’ tactics under scrutiny as protest toll rises

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The death toll from Turkey’s anti-government protests rose to five yesterday, raising fresh questions about the tactics of the security forces. The death of Ali Ismail Korkmaz, a 19-year-old university student, came amid allegations of harassment of witnesses to last month’s police crackdown on protesters and of families of those affected by the violence. Tens of thousands took to the [...] → Read the full article…

Firatnews: It turned out to be that the bullets used were not harmless but had small metal balls in them

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Police forces firing rubber bullets at the Gezi Park resisters from anti-riot armored vehicles, aka scorpions, used bullets containing metal balls and not colored dye. The bullet that wounded tradesman Volkan Kesanbilici and caused him to lose his left eye had dozens of metal balls in it. Kesanbilici was hit on May 31 by a police bullet fired from a [...] → Read the full article…

Fox News: Death toll in Turkey protests increased to 5

  A human rights group says a protester who was in a coma has died, increasing to five the death toll in nationwide anti-government protests that hit Turkey in June. The Turkish Human Rights Foundation says university student Ali Ismail Korkmaz died in the hospital on Wednesday, some seven weeks after he was severely beaten as he escaped tear gas [...] → Read the full article…

Başka haber: On the night Ali İsmail Korkmaz was beaten “They were hitting to kill”

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Ali İsmail Korkmaz, 19, who was beaten up by an unidentified group while he was runing away from tear gas firing of the police at Gezi Park solidarity demonstrations in Eskişehir on 2 June 2013, has passed away at Osmangazi University Hospital. An entry on Ekşi Sözlük – an online urban dictionary in Turkish – tells about the events of [...] → Read the full article…