Rights Association: 586 Detention Proceedings Carried Out in Yüksel Street Resistance

The Human Rights Association in its report of “Yüksel Street Resistance” has said that “police intervened in protesters issuing statement for the press every day and carried out 586 detention proceedings as a result of these interventions”.

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The Human Rights Association (İHD) declared its report regarding rights violations against demonstrations and protests on Yüksel Street in capital Ankara.

İHD members would have made the report public in front of the Human Rights Monument on Yüksel Street. However, the rights defenders were detained as soon as they reached the monument.

Detained in the afternoon hours, the rights defenders were released last night (November 9). Yesterday was the first anniversary of the arrested Nuriye Gülmen, who has been on hunger strike.

The report stated that legal applications were left unresponded, and then the discharged civil servants have had to seek their rights through democratic and peaceful ways.

In detention on remand, academic Nuriye Gülmen who has been on hunger strike started her protest a year ago with a banner reading "I want my job".

Many protesters including discharged teacher Semih Özakça and Acun Karadağ, and discharged civil servant Veli Saçılık supported Gülmen.

Protesters attempting to issue statements for the press on Yüksel Street have been battered every day. They are attacked with pepper gas and taken into custody.

Gülmen and Özakça are on the 247th day of their hunger strike.

The report also said, “113,000 civil servants have been discharged through statutory decrees issued under the State of Emergency so far despite it openly contravenes law. The European Court of Human Rights hasn’t accepted the applications.

Concerning the police interventions throughout the whole year, the report said, “police intervened in protesters issuing statement for the press every day and carried out 586 detention proceedings as a result of these interventions”. (AS/TK)

 


Ankara - BIA News Desk

10 November 2017, Friday