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Turkey: Women human rights defenders and women MPs, Ayla Akat and Gültan Kışanak, arrested

Thursday 27 October 2016, by siawi3

Source: http://bianet.org/english/politics/180007-kja-spokesperson-ayla-akat-taken-into-custody

KJA Spokesperson Ayla Akat Taken into Custody

Photo: A group protesting against detention of Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality co-Mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı, have also been taken into custody. Former deputy and now KJA Spokesperson Ayla Akat as well as Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality General Secretary Zülküf Karatekin are also among the detainees.

İstanbul - BIA News Desk

26 October 2016, Wednesday 15:28

Protestors who wanted to enter the municipality building to demonstrate against the detention of Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality co-Mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı, have been blocked by poliçe. According to ANF (Fırat News Agency), police have attacked the protestors from Diyarbakır with pressurized water.

A group of protestors including former deputy and now spokesperson of Free Women Congress (KJA) Ayla Akat as well as Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality General Secretary Zülküf Karatekin were taken into custody. The exact number of the detainees is not known yet.

What had happened?

Arriving at Diyarbakır Airport after holding a speech before the Grand National Assembly of Turkey – Coup Investigation Committee, Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality co-Mayor Gültan Kışanak was taken into custody yesterday (October 25).

Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality co-Mayor Fırat Anlı was also taken into custody in the same hours in his house.

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) had called for people to take it to the streets in İstanbul and Diyarbakır at 11 a.m. to protest the detention of the co-Mayors.

Issuing a written statement following the solidarity call of the parties, Diyarbakır Governorship had announced that the intended demonstrations were unlawful. (HK/DG)