Twenty-eight women detained in Ankara
01 June 2012
The women were protesting about PM remarks on abortion
Twenty eight women were taken into custody in the capital city of Ankara on Friday during a protest demonstration against the government authorities’ recent debates on “abortion ban”.
A group of woman members of Halkevleri and University Collective marched to the Ministry of Family and Social Policies to speak with Minister Fatma Şahin who have recently made statements supporting Prime Minister Erdoğan’s expressions that compared abortion to the massacre of Roboski and described it as a murder.
Woman protestors were stopped by police when they made a move to enter the Ministry building to see Minister Şahin. As demonstrators therewith went towards the Akay intersection to close the way to traffic, police blockaded the area and detained 28 women who were thereafter taken to the Security Directorate of Çankaya.
Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Rıza Türmen, former judge at ECHR, who arrived at the scene after the detentions called on police authorities to “release the demonstrators who were forcibly taken to police station for protesting against a law to be enacted by the government. Protesting is an incontestable right”, underlined Türmen and noted that the detentions were made by the order of prosecutor, grounding the information on the reply given to him by riot police commander.
D.F. - ANF / ANKARA
ANF NEWS AGENCY