Mass repression in Turkey/Kurdistan


An operation was launched against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), PKK and Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) in İstanbul. Günay Özaslan, a member of DHKP/C was killed during the operation. According to the statement of Prime Ministry Coordination Center, 251 people were detained. İstanbul Security Directorate Anti-Terror Branch launched the operation; 2 thousand riot policemen and 5 thousand personnel were assigned.

26 districts and 140 apartments in İstanbul were launched the raid. Supporting police officers from Edirne and Bursa provinces, special operations forces, security directorates of the districts and motorcycle units participated in the operation.


Detentions throughout Turkey

98 defendants, 36 foreigners among them, were detained in İstanbul.

11 people were detained in Ankara. It was claimed that detainees were PKK and ISIS members.

6 people were detained in İzmir province.

35 people were detained in Urfa province in an operation carried out against PKK.

9 people were detained in Bursa province in an operation carried out against YDG/H.

9 people who allegedly made propaganda of PKK were detained in Iğdır province.

2 people who allegedly were members of PKK were detained in Antalya. One of them was under the age of 18.

13 people who allegedly were members of PKK were detained in Kocaeli province.

8 people were detained in Adıyaman province in an operation carried out against ISIS. (NV/BD)

ISTANBUL (DİHA) – Lawyers have started a sit-in outside the house of Günay Özarslan, their client, slain by police today. Lawyers from the People’s Law Bureau say that they suspect that their client, Günay Özarslan, was assassinated by Istanbul police today. In the dawn hours today, Turkish police launched an operation that they claimed targeted members of the Kurdish left organization YDG-H (Patriotic Revolutionary Youth-Movement); Turkish left organization DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front); and ISIS or Daesh. Günay Özarslan was killed by police today in a home in Istanbul’s Bağcılar district.

Police claimed Özarslan opened fire, but lawyers from the People’s Law Bureau say they suspect an assassination. Police have refused to allow lawyers into the building. They fear that evidence is being covered up in the killing. The lawyers are continuing their sit-in outside the building.

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