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Istanbul: Police kidnapped an anarchist, beat him, and threw from the moving police car

category greece / turkey / cyprus | repression / prisoners | other libertarian press author Wednesday August 01, 2007 18:20author by Ozgur Hayat Report this post to the editors

Sinan Tekpetek, legally responsible of biweekly anarchist newspaper "Ozgur Hayat" and the youth movement %52's magazine "%52 Ofke", was attacked by police on July 26th. That's how the incident happened:

On that evening at 11:30 pm., in Taksim, one of Istanbul's central districts, Sinan was stopped by police and asked his ID Card. Police checked his records on police's database, afterwards gave back him his ID Card, and quite politely let him go. Sinan went on walking, but after 5 minutes a police car approached him and three policemen took Sinan into the car violently. In the car they consistently hit Sinan, used pepper gas on his face repeatedly. Sinan couldn't raise his head and so he couldn't see where he was taken. After almost 15 minutes, the car stopped in a place where Sinan could only see the historical 'city wall's. Here the violence went on, and two more police cars came, 10 or 11 policemen in total hit Sinan repeatedly with fists and batons, kicked, sweared him, used pepper gas on him, and threatened him ("we'll kill you") with their guns. This violence went on about one and a half hour. Then they took him again in one car and drove. While the car was moving (with a speed like 40 km/h) they threw Sinan from the car without stopping. The time was approximately 01:30 am.

Sinan stayed lying there for some time, and after he recovered a bit, went to a hospital.

Sinan's two ribs are broken, his body is full of severe bruises (his face, especially his left ear, and his back is full of baton traces). When he was thrown from the car, he fell on his back, so it's only a chance that he was not injured worse, even dead!

It seems the attack was planned, as when Sinan's ID was taken, there were surveillance cameras which can view the police car, but where he was taken by force, there were no cameras or nobody around. Also, police did not take any records, so it was not custody in its legal sense. Police kidnapped Sinan in the heart of Istanbul, tortured, and attempted to kill him!

In recent weeks, with the pretext of "security against terror" the government made changes in the police law, which henceforth extends police authority. After this change, police repression increased. Only in Taksim-Beyoglu district at least similar 22 incidents occurred in recent months – these are only the ones that Human Rights Association recorded; HRA and we are sure that there are more incidents in which the aggrieved are scared and so stayed silent.

This "perfect murder" attempt is a part of systematic attack of the police. Not only the social strugglers, many people have been attacked, beaten, tortured in similar ways.

We are not silent, it won't be that easy for the state to attack people! The campaign is going on. So far we made the attackl heard by many people, the incident was published in many newspapers and on many websites.

We see that police longs for the days in the 1990's, in which they kidnapped, "punished", and killed many people. Today we and many people, who advocate freedom and humanity, raise voice against this systematic attack and support Sinan. And as the support and solidarity rises, the state repression on us is also increasing.

We want all anarchists and anti-authoritarians know what's happening in Istanbul nowadays. Evidently, the state repression will increase, but we'll confront. And we want you to be sure that our rising struggle for freedom will prevent the state's attack on people!

In solidarity,

Ozgur Hayat

p.s.: You can see the photos of Sinan on these websites, and also watch the developments. Websites are in Turkish, we'll try to make declarations in English also.

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author by smithpublication date Wed Aug 01, 2007 19:52author email smith_p30 at yahoo dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

This is a serious issue and the EU should not allow Turkey to join with this records of Police brutality. It will damage the image of the EU human Right Records. They have to be isolated from EU member states.

author by Paddy Rua - WSMpublication date Wed Aug 01, 2007 21:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Wow, now we have a bit of chauvinistic European self-righteousness with Mr. Smith. Do you remember the Brazilian electrician shot by the English police by mistake in a subway? Do you know that Poland has helped the US with their illegal detention centres? What about the treatment of gay people in the Baltic States and Poland? What about the daily police brutality against teenagers from immigrant backgrounds in France? What about the rise of fascism and neo-nazis in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands? What about the human trafficking (especially in the sex industry) in all of Europe? What about the treatment of immigrants in Spain? The list, you will see is endless. If on the grounds of respect to human rights you ask all of this countries to leave, soon you would have a union with no members...

author by Michael Schmidt - Anarchist Black Cross (ZACF) southern Africapublication date Tue Aug 07, 2007 23:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It may be obvious and trite to say that the state is founded on violence, but for those like Sinan who experience it directly, it remains a painful lesson.

Our empathy and anger goes out to him and to others who feel the boot of the Turkish authorities.

For Turkish society these incidents of violence also serve to show that the new "democratic" state reserves for itself the neo-fascist options of the past.

Those of us who have in recent years emerged from dictatorship, whether in South Africa, Brazil, Chile or elsewhere understand this clearly as our social forces clash with capital and its enforcer, the state.

We need to entrench a counter-power among the popular classes that, when the time comes (even before the revolution), the masses can physically contest the space to mobilise with the forces of law and disorder.

red & black regards
- michael

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