Kurdish child forced to memorise Turkish national anthem under police custody

A 15-year-old Kurdish child, who was detained in the Cizre district of Turkey’s eastern province of Şırnak (Şirnex), were forced to read and memorise “Turkish National Anthem” the whole day long in the time he spent under police custody.

A Kurdish boy, D.E. (15), was detained by the police on the grounds that he was selling cigarettes illegaly. The boy was then taken to the Cizre Police Station and reportedly threatened to memorize the lyrics of the Turkish National Anthem, Mesopotamia Agency reports.

D.E reportedly had to read the national anthem during the whole day time that he spent under police custody.

As the court decided to Kurdish boy to be released, the police reportedly told him, “We will give you a homework each week and you have to finish them, if not, you will face the consequences.”

The mother: “He was unable to speak when he came home”

The mother of D.E, who wants to remain anonymous due to security reasons, stated, “He had to read the national anthem so much that his mouth was all dried up. He was unable to speak when he came back home. We cannot accept such a mistreatment.”

The family will file a criminal complaint for the police officers and all officials, who are responsible of this mistreatment, to be charged.

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