Protestor’s leg broken while being detained in Istanbul
Police throughout Friday evening chased, blocked, encircled, dragged and brutally detained women in Istanbul who wanted to demonstrate on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) as one of the protestor’s leg was broken in two places while she was being taken into custody.
Dilbent Turker, an administrator in a metal workers union, was later released, taken to a hospital and her leg was casted.
November 25 Women platform said on Twitter that over 200 women were detained during the demonstrations but all of them were released in the early hours of Saturday.
During custody, the demonstrators were unlawfully prevented from talking to their lawyers. Police physically drew a barrier in front of the lawyers who wanted to push their way into the police station.
En az 200 arkadaşımız gözaltında. Gönüllü avukatlarımızın içeri girmesi bu şekilde engelleniyor! pic.twitter.com/9RAtyWiOp4— 25 Kasım Kadın Platformu (@25KasimKadin) November 25, 2022
Police during the demonstration also circumvented the journalists and hampered them from doing their jobs.
Yaklaşık 20 kadar gazeteci fiili gözaltındayız. Ablukadan çıkmamıza izin verilmiyor. pic.twitter.com/BtCfzh8zh6— Sultan Eylem Keleş (@esultankeles) November 25, 2022
In one instance the circumvention of police officers of a tiny group of women seemed like a scene from a dystopian movie:
Tüm ablukanıza rağmen kadına yönelik şiddetle mücadeleye devam edeceğiz. Biz bitti demeden bitmez.#25KasımdaSokaktayız pic.twitter.com/kVPEGuC72C— 25 Kasım Kadın Platformu (@25KasimKadin) November 25, 2022
25 November was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the objective is to raise global awareness that women across the world are subjected to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence.