Eight detained in Dersim during solidarity rally with Saturday Mothers

Eight detained in Dersim during solidarity rally with Saturday Mothers
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Police detained eight protesters in Turkey's southeastern Dersim province during a peaceful demonstration held by the provincial branch of the Human Rights Association (IHD) in solidarity with the Saturday Mothers

Police detained eight protesters on Saturday in Turkey's southeastern Dersim province, where the provincial branch of the Human Rights Association (IHD) had organized a peaceful demonstration to express solidarity with the Saturday Mothers who seek justice for their disappeared loved ones.

Tensions arose in Dersim when the governor imposed an unexpected 24-hour ban on press statements just before the scheduled event. The IHD members denounced the ban as an infringement on their right to freedom of expression and vowed to proceed with the demonstration.

As the they marched towards Seyit Rıza Park, the police intervened, leading to a confrontation. The authorities cited the Governorate's ban as the reason for denying the İHD members permission to hold their planned press statement.

During the confrontation, prominent figures were among those detained, including the İHD Dersim Branch President, İHD Dersim Branch Executive, the Labor Party Dersim Provincial President, a Patika Newspaper Reporter, an HDP Provincial Board Member, and three other protestors.