Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Turkey: political raids against communists: 85 arrested

The Turkish Islamist government has initiated a campaign of political arrests, targeting the communists. At least 85 have been arrested as result.
Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said on Tuesday that 62 people had been detained in Istanbul, Turkey's biggest city, while 23 others had been arrested in the capital Ankara as a result of raids in several cities.

“The operations are against members of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party, who also attended the Gezi Park protests, as part of an investigation being conducted by prosecutors for more than a year,” Guler added.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has stated that it documented “a huge wave of arbitrary detentions and police attacks” during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul over the weekend.

In a related development, while Erdogan tries with all the might of the state to demolish the popular demonstrations, he is in parallel agitating his own party's supporters to go to so-called "Rallies of Popular Will" to be held in diverse cities. 

This way Erdogan's AKP neofascist party seems to become the only force allowed to demonstrate in all the Turkish Republic. 

They call it democracy...

Source: Al Jazeera.

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