294 Children Detained During Gezi Protests
27 June, 2013
Almost 300 children at least were taken into custody and one child was wounded by a bullet during protests related to the Gezi Park unrest.
The report by the Gündem Çocuk (Children on the Agenda) Association covered violations of children’s rights during the Gezi Park protests between May 28 and June 25.
The report suggested presence of a case where a child was wounded by a bullet.
According to the report, a minimum of 294 children were taken into custody during the protests. The number of children taken into custody was 78 in Ankara, 35 in Istanbul, 130 in Adana, 34 in İzmir, two in Kayseri and 15 in Mersin.
The report consisted of cases where children were exposed to pepper gas, pressurized water and noise bombs, where some were beaten and roughed up with batons. Some were taken into unregistered custody and were subject to handcuffing and profiling.
The report argued that some children under custody were held within the scope of the fight against terrorism.
The Gündem Çocuk stated that a 17-year-old high school student was wounded by a bullet in the back on June 1, in Taksim Square of Istanbul. In a police proceeding recorded upon the event, it was noted that the bullet was sent to the related unit for ballistic inquiry. Soon after, the family pressed charges against the public prosecutor’s office since the bullet belonged to the police, it said.
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