Wednesday 21 February 2018

Amnesty protest shows 'solidarity' with victims

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

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

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

"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 yesterday's protest in Dublin.

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

"There is no excuse for 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 the protest was a message of "symbolic solidarity".

Irish Independent

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