⚖️Turkish police detained at least 24 activists as they tried to gather in Istanbul's Galatasaray Square for the 968th Saturday Mothers' demonstration on Saturday.#SaturdayMothershttps://t.co/dp6XJbPsfz pic.twitter.com/Ieel5CLIuu
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Turkish police detained at least 24 activists as they tried to gather in Istanbul’s Galatasaray Square for the 968th Saturday Mothers’ demonstration on Saturday.
The activists were handcuffed behind their backs, which under Turkish law should not be done without justifiable reason or for an extended period of time.
The Saturday Mothers, a collective of determined women demanding justice for their missing relatives who disappeared in custody, have been holding sit-ins in Galatasaray Square since 1995.
The Turkish police have been preventing the group from exercising their right to protest for some time, despite an earlier ruling by the Constitutional Court that the ban on the Saturday Mothers’ sit-ins was a violation of their rights.