Police has attacked an event held for the missing university student Gülistan Doku in Ankara, Turkey tonight and detained news many reporters including Habibe Eren, Özur Değer and Eylül Deniz Yaşar.
According to the Mesopotamia News Agency’s report, Ankara Women’s Platform tried to hold a press statement for Gülistan Doku, a student of Munzur University in Tunceli (Dersim) who went missing for one year ago, however, police intervened to stop the press statement. Police blocked the statement on the grounds of the pandemic.
Women chanting ‘Where is Gülistan Doku?’ were blockaded by male police members.
While negotiations about the issue of gaining permission for holding a press statement was still continuing, police attacked the women without warning.
During the police intervention cameras of the reporters were smashed and JinNews reporters Habibe Eren and Öznur Değer, and freelance journalist Eylül Deniz Yaşar were battered by the police.
Police also battered Mesopotamia News Agency reporter Mehmet Günhan who was observing the incident.
Günhan’s press card was seized by police. It is not clear where the detainees were taken to.
After the violent police intervention, women came together in Mor Mekan, however, police blockaded them again.
Women are still waiting under a police blockade.
The confirmed names of detainees are: Betül Koca, Hülya Yıldırım,Büşra Gerçek, Helin Balli, Fatma Kılıçaslan, Sude Sivri, Yelda Öztürk, Deniz Akbıyık, Leyla Mavili, Beste Uymaz, Zeynep Ülger, Habibe Eren, Öznur Değer, Yaren Tuncer, Yarenur Çetin, Zeynep Kurt, Selda Kondakçı.”
One of detainees, journalist Eylül Deniz Yaşar was about to release an exclusive report about updates of the case of Gülistan Doku.
You can find her exclusive report here.