Friday 15 December 2017

Dozens protest outside Turkish Embassy over 'gratuitous' violence

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

DOZENS of people staged a vocal protest outside the Turkish Embassy this afternoon to call for an end to "gratuitous" violence towards protestors.

Colm O'Gorman, Amnesty International Ireland's executive director, said they wanted to send a "clear message" to the Turkish government and Prime Minister that people throughout the world were determined to see an end to police brutality in the country.

"In the past two weeks more than 4,700 people have been injured as a result of police brutality with the only intention to break up peaceful protest," he added at the protest outside the embassy in Dublin.

In a television address, the Turkish Prime Minister Reep Tayyipi Erdogan said no more tolerance would be shown for protests.

Amnesty International observers say they saw at least 30 tear gas canisters thrown into Gezi Park in Instanbul on Tuesday evening.

People have been protesting against the construction of a shopping centre in the green space of Gezi Park, alongside Taksim Square in Istanbul.

"There is no excuse in the level of violence we've seen in Turkey in the past two weeks," he told more than 50 protesters carrying placards with the message 'Don't tear gas protesters'.

Mr O'Gorman said they had staged the protest outside the embassy in Dublin as a message of "symbolic solidarity" as well as telling the Turkish government that the international community will not stand for such violence.

"The Turkish government must respect human rights rather than the gratuitous violence we have seen," he said.

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