Police detained approx. 22 women activists including a Jin News reporter during home raids in Diyarbakır early Monday morning, Jin News reports.
Police raided Rosa Women’s Association, a women’s organisation based in Diyarbakır (Amed) campaigning against violence against women and the homes of many women activists in the early hours of Monday morning.
As many women are reported to be detained, a peace mother, Nezahat Teke and the provincial co-chair of the Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Seval Gülmez are also among those detained, according to Jin News.
“Illegally, they broke down the doors, they smashed the alarm system and they began to search the assocation building without waiting for the managers of our assocation to arrive. We do not accept this systematic judicial harrasment imposed on us. We were, we are and we will be against the policies of hatred and intimidation targeting women,” said Rosa Women’s Association on a post shared on Twitter.
Hukuksuz bir şekilde kapı kırılarak,alarm sistemi koparılarak ve hiç bir yönetici olmadan arama yapılmaya başlandı.Sistematik olarak bize uygulanan yargı tacizini kabul etmiyoruz.Kadınlara dönük iktidarın yürüttüğü nefret,sindirme politikalarına karşı VARDIK, VARIZ, VAROLACAĞIZ!
— Rosa Kadın Derneği (@rosakadinderne1) April 5, 2021
Police also raided the home of Beritan Canözer, a Jin News reporter, on Monday morning. After the initial search of her home, Canözer were detained.
There has been no official statement on the grounds of house raids and detentions targeting the woman politicans, journalists and women’s rights defenders in Diyarbakır.