domingo, 8 de fevereiro de 2015

Turkey: tear gas and arrests to prevent protest in Ankara

The Turkish police has intercepted and detained in the capital about 60 people who intended to parade in memory of the 15-year-old teenager Berkin Elvan, killed by security forces during anti-regime protests in the summer of 2013. The young woman had been hit with a tear gas grenade in his head, passing 270 days in a coma before he died.

The authorities did not hesitate to use force and tear gas to control the occupants of two buses, all militants of a small party of Turkish left.

Since the unprecedented wave of protests from 2013, the police intervene against any form of defence against the strongman of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister and currently head of State.

The Turkish Parliament prepares to consider next week a controversial Bill which considerably strengthens the powers of the police.

Rodrigo Barbosa | With AFP

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