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Posted on 13 September 2013 at 11:14 GMT

Protest against police brutality in Turkey

A Day-Mer (Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre) press release:

We condemn the police violence that has caused the death of Ahmet Atakan from Hatay, Armutlu-Turkey

Once again police violence results in another death. Police attacked protesters gathered in Hatay-Armutlu who were demonstrating to condemn the ongoing police violence and to protest against the attempt to build a motorway through the forest in Ankara (ODTU) and Tuzlucayir neighbourhood.

Twenty two year old Ahmet Atakan lost his life when a gas canister was aimed at his head from a distance of four metres from a police vehicle known as Akrep.

This incident follows the deaths of Mehmet Ayvalıtaş (20), Abdullah C-mert (22), Ethem Sarısülük (26), Ali İsmail Korkmaz (19) and Medeni Yıldırım (18).

We condemn the police violence against the peaceful protesters exercising their democratic rights. The governor of Hatay who made a statement claiming that "Ahmet fell off the rooftop while throwing a solar panel onto the police" prior to the forensic medical report which had detected a cave in the front part of Ahmet's head; the internal affairs minister who has treated deaths during protests as ordinary; and the AKP government which tries to suppress all forms of opposition with violence, as a political tool; are responsible for Ahmet Atakan's death.

People living in Hatay, which borders Syria, have for a long time been living under an undeclared martial law tyranny and violence within the region.

Protesters have once again been attacked by police on the evening of 10th September in several cities including Istanbul, Hatay, Ankara and Izmir who had gathered to protest against the death of Ahmet Atakan caused by the police.

The governor and internal affairs minister should resign following this death. The government should lift the enforced state of emergency rule and withdraw the police force within places where people are exercising their democratic rights. Those responsible for the deaths now and during the Gezi uprising should be tried.

As Day-Mer we are calling on all trade unionist, intellectuals, writers and organisations in Britain to protest against the AKP government.

As listed below, you can send protest emails to the government officials in Turkey. We kindly ask that you also cc info@daymer.org with your protest email.

Day-Mer (Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre); Tel: 0207 275 84 40, Email: info@daymer.org

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