Turkish police batter doctors gathering in court in support of Fincanci, detain five
Turkish security forces battered Turkish Medical Association (TTB) members trying to enter to an Ankara court in support of Sebnem Korur Fincanci, the head of the organization who was taken to the courthouse to testify to the prosecution over terrorism charges.
Five of them were detained by the police, TTB said in a social media post on Thursday.
Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı'ya destek olmak için adliyeye gelen emek-meslek örgütleri temsilcilerine polis bir kez daha saldırdı, 5 kişi gözaltına alındı.— Türk Tabipleri Birliği (@ttborgtr) October 27, 2022
İfade özgürlüğünü hedef alan saldırılar son bulsun!
Gözaltına alınan arkadaşlarımız derhal serbest bırakılsın! pic.twitter.com/etiL2VgtNd
“Our representatives were beaten and not taken into the court building without giving any reason,” TTB said in a previous tweet.
Condemning the attack, the organization vowed not to leave Fincanci alone.
Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı'nın ifade sürecini takip etmek üzere adliyeye gelen Merkez Konseyi üyelerimiz ve emek-meslek örgütlerinin temsilcileri, darp edilerek ve gerekçe gösterilmeksizin binaya alınmadı.— Türk Tabipleri Birliği (@ttborgtr) October 27, 2022
Saldırıyı kınıyor, Şebnem hocamızı yalnız bırakmayacağımızı yineliyoruz! pic.twitter.com/ejGpoQtUx3
Turkish police on Wednesday detained Fincanci within the scope of an investigation launched by Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s office over her remarks regarding the allegations that Turkish military used chemical weapons against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in Northern Iraq. Fincanci was referred to the court on early Thursday to testify to the prosecution, after a medical report received from the hospital.
The investigation has launched on the grounds of “disseminating propaganda in favour of a terrorist organisation” and "insulting the Turkish nation, the state of the Republic of Turkey and its institutions,” according to the prosecutor’s office.
"Obviously, one of the toxic chemical gases was used that directly affects the nervous system," Fincanci told Media Haber during a live broadcast last week, sharing her examinations on the basis of the coverages allegedly showing the chemical warfare posted in social media. Fincanci also urged independent missions to investigate the incident within the scope of international treaties.