Turkish police showed today yet again that they recognize no boundaries in crushing democratic and peaceful demonstrations against the Islamic dictatorial regime of AKP in the most brutal ways. A group of students demonstrating against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was attacked by the riot police in Istanbul. Police officers doused the students with pepper spray and beat them with iron batons. They punched and kicked the protestors who were temporarily blinded by pepper spray and rounded up a number of them. The police used tanks of pepper spray carried on the back of officers instead of small hand-held canisters, which caused a lot more people to be seriously affected than in other incidents. Eye witnesses were quoted as saying that the police sprayed the students like “exterminators spraying for bugs.”
The same day, another group of students traveling from Ankara to Istanbul to stage a demonstration was not allowed to enter Istanbul. The police waited until the busses arrived at a rest stop to attack. Again, a combination of fists, kicks, clubs, and pepper spray was used to subdue the students. For a report of both incidents in the Turkish press, please follow this link: http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/gundem/16452422.asp?gid=373
These are only the most recent examples of a series of incidents where Turkish police ruthlessly crushed demonstrations, beating up innocent citizens who merely attempted to exercise their constitutional right of gathering and peaceful protest. The effort of the officers to inflict bodily harm upon demonstrators goes a long way toward proving the zeal of the police force to act as the militia of Islamofascist AKP and suppress opposition on the streets. Essential duties such as law enforcement, establishment of order, and protection of civil rights seem to take a backseat to this new mission of the Turkish police.
The question is, who will stop AKP and its agents in the Republic of Turkey from violating human rights so relentlessly…