Turkish police prevent demonstrations by women’s groups, detain dozens of protestors

by Turkish Minute November 25, 2022 via thefreeonline

Erdogan bombs, shells, drones and vows new invasion, claims he’sprotecting the rights of millions of women and children

Protestors hold slogans to support women during a demonstration to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Ankara, on November 25, 2022. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP) shared with thanks

Dozens of women who gathered in various Turkish provinces on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity and Elimination of Violence against Women, marked on November 25, have been detained, while marches were blocked by the police in a number of cities, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported, citing local media.

Turkey’s military has invaded and occupied with three offensives in northern Syria, expelling the Kurdish population with ethnic cleansing: “ With the next new security [zone] we are establishing on the other side of our border, we are also protecting the rights of millions of women and children,” Erdoğan said during a televised speech yesterday .

As part of the International Day of Solidarity and Elimination of Violence against Women on Friday, some 25 women who were marching in Turkey’s eastern provinces of Şırnak, Ağrı and Van were detained, including the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) provincial and district presidents and elderly members of the Saturday Mothers.

The Saturday Mothers is a group of activists and family members seeking the whereabouts of loved ones who disappeared while in police custody in Turkey in the 1990s.


The United Nations had earlier called on women’s organizations to join 16 days of activism led by the UN secretary-general and UN Women since 2008.

According to a UN statement, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women will mark the launch of the UNiTE campaign (November 25- December 10) — an initiative of 16 days of activism concluding on International Human Rights Day (December 10).

Members of the İstanbul-based 25 November Women’s Platform said they do not recognize the ban. “Our march, which will start from Taksim on November 25, the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, as it does every year, was banned by a decision of the district governor,” they said.

Erdogan claims ‘only terrorists’ suffered from his second invasion of Syria when he carpet bombed with Russian air permission and US made jets, expelled 75% of the Kurdish population, handed thier lands and property to his Islamic extremist mercenaries, etc etc. Now he demands a new ‘safe zone’ bombing what’s left of Rojava.

The platform also said, “We do not want permission, we want a life without violence,” and invited other women’s rights groups and individuals to Taksim Square on the 25th.

Femicides and violence against women are serious problems in Turkey, where women are killed, raped or beaten every day.

Many critics say the main reason for the situation is the policies of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, which protects violent and abusive men by granting them impunity.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sparked outrage in Turkey and the international community after he issued a decree in March 2021 that pulled the country out of an international treaty that requires governments to adopt legislation prosecuting perpetrators of domestic violence and similar abuse as well as marital rape and female genital mutilation.

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The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the İstanbul Convention, is an international accord designed to protect women’s rights and prevent domestic violence in societies and was opened to signature of member countries of the Council of Europe in 2011.

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