Voices from behind bars: Gezi Trial convicts speak out
CHP (Republican People's Party) Istanbul MP Enis Berberoglu visited Gezi Trial convicts Osman Kavala, Tayfun Kahraman, and Workers' Party of Turkey Hatay MP Can Atalay at Marmara Prison in Silivri. Each expressed resolute defiance and a commitment to continue their struggle for justice.
This visit followed the Supreme Court of Appeal's decision to uphold the convictions, which Berberoglu condemned as a defiance of "reason, law, and justice." His meeting with the convicts revealed an indomitable spirit and a call to the public and parliamentary opposition to decry the prevailing injustice.
Echoing the outrage, Osman Kavala declared, "This decision is the product of an understanding that does not value law and human life." A similar spirit of resistance was voiced by Tayfun Kahraman, who asserted, "We are strong, and we will defeat evil. We will continue our struggle within the law."
Can Atalay emphasize the societal impact of the ongoing injustice, stating, "Such injustice is rotting not only the state but also the society. And I expect everyone to stand against such injustice." Berberoglu also met Tele 1 TV Editor-in-Chief Merdan Yanardag, who likened the treatment of Gezi convicts to Mussolini's penal code and the summary execution mentality.
Berberoglu highlighted the urgent need for the social and parliamentary opposition to unite against this blatant unlawfulness. The prevailing sentiment among the convicts is one of resistance and a call for public awareness and opposition to the judicial decisions perceived as oppressive.