Turkish riot police use water cannon, tear gas against Istanbul protesters (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Turkish police have used water cannon and teargas against protesters as hundreds took to the streets of Istanbul to demand the release of journalists and editors of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.
Polis #İstanbul Şişli'deki eyleme gaz bombaları, basınçlı su ve tomalarla müdahale ediyor. #dokuz8pic.twitter.com/krlz2fBCSd— dokuz8 (@dokuz8haber) November 5, 2016
The massive demonstration in the center of the Turkey’s capital came just hours after Turkish authorities ordered the formal arrest of nine Cumhuriyet staff members and detained more pro-Kurdish officials.
#HDP'li siyasetçilerin tutuklanmasını protesto için #İst. Şişli'de toplanan binlerce yurttaşa polis müdahalesi başladı. #firstname.lastname@example.org/aqhNftiMyV— dokuz8 (@dokuz8haber) November 5, 2016
The protesters are trying to march to the office of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, while police are attempting to block them.
#Breaking :— Kurd Herekol (@Herekol_Kurd) November 5, 2016
The police are attacking those who protest the arrest of #HDP co-chairs & MPs in Şişli / #Istanbul#TwitterKurdspic.twitter.com/la6cbK613r
Numerous protests have also hit other Turkish cities, with some ending in clashes with police. At least ten protesters were detained in Ankara, five n Antalya, and seven in Istanbul, Al Bawaba news reports, citing Turkish officials.
#HDP'li vekillerin tutuklanmasına karşı #İst. Şişli'de yapılan eyleme polis müdahalesinde gözaltılar yaşandı. #dokuz8/@email@example.com/MlEThVcw5Y— dokuz8 (@dokuz8haber) November 5, 2016
Meanwhile, in London, the Kurdish community also took to the streets to protest the crackdown on journalists and pro-Kurdish politicians in Turkey.
London's Kurdish population on the streets to defend their will #TwitterKurds#HDPpic.twitter.com/Uw6vZCP7La— Ciwanên Azad UK (@ciwanenazad_uk) November 5, 2016
The protesters reportedly pelted the Turkish embassy in London with eggs, breaking at least one window.
Kurds pelted the Turkish embassy in London today with dozens of eggs & at least one window was broken! #TwitterKurdspic.twitter.com/nrZ3Q4Hfl1— Kurdish Question (@Hevallo) November 4, 2016
On Friday, two co-leaders of the Turkish pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) were arrested along with 12 of its MPs. The lawmakers were detained after “failing to appear for a summons to testify as part of a counter-terrorism investigation,” Anadolu state news agency reported.
At the same time, Turkey’s major internet providers restricted access to Twitter, Facebook, and the WhatsApp social messaging app, according to Turkey Blocks, an independent organization that monitors internet censorship in Turkey.
Polis, #İstanbul Şişli'de yürüyüşe geçen kitlenin önünü kesti. Müdahale anonsu yapıyor. #firstname.lastname@example.org/sim8LY8sa4— dokuz8 (@dokuz8haber) November 5, 2016
On Monday, Turkish police detained the editor-in-chief and several columnists and executives of the independent Cumhuriyet newspaper. They were accused of sponsoring the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and FETO/PYD (Gulenist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Organization), as well as of producing articles justifying the failed July 15 coup.
Both crackdowns provoked sharp criticism from Europe and the US. European Parliament President Martin Schulz called the journalists’ arrests a “purge... motivated by political considerations, rather than legal and security rationale.”
#HDP'li siyasetçilerin tutuklanmasını protesto eden yurttaşlar #HDP'nin çağrısıyla #İstanbul Şişli'de bir araya geldi. #email@example.com/xxZVEuxOBg— dokuz8 (@dokuz8haber) November 5, 2016
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she was “extremely worried” by the detention of the HDP MPs. US Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski tweeted that he was “deeply troubled” by Turkey’s actions.
Turkey reacted to the criticism by saying that it would not be intimidated by “threats” and “does not care about red lines” drawn by foreign politicians.