Arrests of Kurds are continuing; 7 more arrested in Bingöl

02.05.2009 BİNGÖL (DİHA)

Arrests of Kurds are continuing; 7 more arrested in Bingöl.

7 more have been arrested while during the ongoing raids on DTP and related organization in Bingöl.

Şerafettin Bozkuş, M. Zeki Kılıç, Ramazan Berdibek, Nihat Berdibek, Ali Yılan, Ali Korkankorkmaz ve Mehmet Koca had been taken into custody yesterday based on an informant’s confess in Bingöl.

Mentioned individuals have been arrested on the grounds that “aiding an illegal organization” and sent to the Prison.

4 more arrested in Mardin

02.05.2009 MARDİN (DİHA)

 4 more have been arrested during the ongoing raids on DTP and related organization in Mardin.

Tuncay Coyrat, Murat İçen, Turan İçen and Zeynettin Kuzu had been taken into custody yesterday in Mardin.

Mentioned individuals have been arrested on the grounds that “membership of an illegal organization” and “having explosive material” and sent to Mardin E Type Closed Prison.

A Child arrested in Batman

02.05.2009 BATMAN (DİHA)

 A Child, M.E.T, has been arrested in Batman.

Underage M.E.T. had been taken into custody by police raids on houses on April 30 in Batman. He had been arrested by Batman Prosecutor of the Republic after his statement has been taken. According to accusation he will be trailed for making propaganda for an illegal organization and displaying activity for an illegal organization. He has been sent to Batman M Type Prison to wait next hearing.

Reactions continue against ongoing operation on DTP

30.04.2009 NEWSCENTRE (DİHA)

Supports and reactions have been continuing for DTP lately faced raid wave that numerous people had been arrested or detained.

DTP Diyarbakır have organized a hunger strike will be lasted 2 days on May 3-4 to protest ongoing detainees, raids and arrests against DTP. Siirt and Şırnak DTP have made a call on supporters for taking a part in the hunger strike to show their reactions while Şanlıurfa DTP were sending solidarity letter to arrested 51 DTP members and managers in Diyarbakır D Type prison.

On the other hand there was a silent march in Batman where participator covered their mouth with black bandage to protest operation against DTP and Hakkari incident while Diyarbakır DTP organizing a sit-in acts.

There is also one more protest march in Mersin organized by DTP Mersin branch.

Mentioned demonstrations have been held with participations of other NGOs, parties, trade unions, women organizations and human rights organizations.

Common points and demands such as to be freed detainees, to be ended oppressions and operations have been voiced up during the demonstrations.

2 more people arrested in Hakkari.

30.04.2009 HAKKÂRİ (DİHA)

Arrest wave is still continuing. Lastly 2 more people have been arrested in Hakkari.

İsmet Bor and Bahrem Ekinci who had been taken into police custody, related DTP and DTP’s youth centre have been arrested in Yüksekova a district of Hakkari. According to court accusation, they are going to trail for “making propaganda for an illegal organization.”

İsmet Bor and Bahrem Ekinci have been sent to prison.

4 detainees in Batman

30.04.2009 BATMAN (DİHA)

4 people have been taken into custody during the house and workshop raids in Batman.

Police from Batman Police Department raids on numerous houses on early morning and 4 people including teenager Mehmet Emin Turkan have been taken into custody.

Devran Kanaş, Kamuran Yansit and Abdullilah Yiğitalp have been taken to Batman police department while teenager Mehmet Emin Turkan being taken to the Children Department.

17 more detainees in Hakkari and Bingöl

30.04.2009 HAKKÂRİ / BİNGÖL (DİHA)

 17 people have been taken into custody during the house and workshop raids in Hakkari and Bingöl.

Police from Hakkari Police Department raids on numerous house and workshop on early morning and mostly young 10 people have been taken into custody while Bingöl Police Department have taken custody 7 people in Bingöl. Both detainee groups separately have being kept their cities police department’s buildings.

10 arrested in Şırnak

30.04.2009 ŞIRNAK (DİHA)

Raid wave is still continue. 10 of 22 people, who had been taken into police custody, related DTP and DTP’s youth centre have been arrested in Şırnak.

According to court accusation, they are going to trail for “making propaganda for an illegal organization” and “being member of an illegal organization.”

Arrested Nazdar Ecevit, Kader İdin, İsmet Tokay, Rıdvan İnal, Agit Küçük, Ubeydullah Tokay, Ziver Mete Doğan Küçük, Serdar Şavluk ve Serdar Öztürk have been sent to Mardin E Type Closed Prison while other 12 were waiting for trail.

Police intervention in İdil

29.04.2009 ŞIRNAK (DİHA)

Police have intervened in demonstration in İdil a district of Şırnak. Demonstration was held to protest ongoing raids against DTP. There was a clash between police and young demonstrators. Conflict, that smoke bombs have been used, was continuing by the time the news was repaired.

Reactions against ongoing operation on DTP go on

29.04.2009 NEWSCENTRE (DİHA)

Reactions against ongoing operation on DTP keep going on. DTP’s different branch organizations, various NGOs, students, women, activist platforms, trade unions, intellectuals, reacted against serial raids on DTP. Common point in these reactions was that; operations on DTP are damaging on peace keepers and peace environment. Also protestors have pointed out that political activities are getting more difficult by these operations. Reacting against raids on DTP, activists have held sit-in acts, marches and press releases as well.

Here are the demonstrations against ongoing operations on DTP;

Ankara; numerous NGOs, parties and associations have gathered to release their action schedule to protest ongoing raids on DTP in Ankara.

* NGO representatives will be attended in DTP group meeting in parliament on May 5th.

*According this action schedule NGO representatives are going to work behalf of arrested vice chairs of DTP in DTP centre on May 7.

* NGO representatives will march in DTP cortege on May Day.

On the other hand, some of NGOs have held sit-in act in Diyarbakır to protest incidents in Hakkari and raids on DTP.

In addition Mardin Platform for Democracy has held a press statement to explain their reaction against last oppressions on DTP. Raids have been condemned in the press statement read during the press release.

Besides those women from DTP Siirt Women Assembly and some of other NGO’s sent a letter to 53 arrested vice chairs of DTP for solidarity. Women marched to post office before sending the letters. It is pointed out that 23 women have been arrested during the operations in their press statement.

Finally, DTP Batman branch will organize a silent march to show their reaction against last attacks on DTP. Batman DTP invited people to attend in the silent march.

Detainees continue in the region

29.04.2009 VAN (DİHA)

A 55 year-old mother and her two daughters in Van, 6 others in Hakkari have been taken into custody after police raids on their houses.

Mother Fatma Çakır and her two daughters 20 year-old Saadet and 22 year-old Perihan have been taken into custody during police raids on the house in Saçan village Başkale-Van. According to information obtained police accusation about mother and her two daughterd is “aiding and abetting to PKK.”

On the other hand 6 other have been taken into custody after police’ house and workshop raids in Hakkari. Here are the names of detainees; Süleyman and Muhammet Besi, İzzetin Demir, Avdel Akınlar, Ali Akınlar and Eşref Akınlar. Reasons of custody couldn’t be learned while mentioned detainees are being kept in Hakkari Police Department.

112 year didn’t enough and 84.5 more imprisonment for another 11 children

28.04.2009 ADANA (DİHA)

Following 112 years imprisonment for 13 children in connection with participating demonstrations now 11 children have been sentenced to 84.5 years in prison for the same reason, same court but different accusations.

M.K. (16), Ö.M. (15), K.T. (17), H.T. (18), A.Ö. (14), B.E. (17), Z.Ç. (15), S.Ö. (15), S.K. (17), H.I trailed by 6th Heavy Penal Court instead of Children Department for attending demonstrations and court decision was considered unlawful since total 84 years imprisonment have been sentenced for children. Mentioned children have been accused of participating in demonstrations in Adana’s different streets on 22nd March.

These nine children have been sentenced to 7 years 6 months in prison for “making propaganda for illegal organization” and “committing crime behalf of illegal organization.” According to the laws mentioned punishments have been abated half and half for children who is under 15 year-old and one third for children under 18 year-old.

Besides those above M.T. and Ö.K. had been sentenced two times for “making propaganda for illegal organization” and one time “committing crime behalf of illegal organization” since their participating in Newroz celebrations had been stated by camera records and photographs.

Total imprisonment amount of children become 84 years 6 months after abating.

Thereby 24 children have been sentenced to 186 years 6 months in prison in Adana by Adana Heavy Penal Court.

Related people interpreted the punishments as unlawful implementation since children had been trailed by Heavy Penal Court instead of the Juvenile Court.

Condolence costs 5 year?

28.04.2009 DİYARBAKIR (DİHA)

Head of Diyarbakır DTP provincial Ali Şimşek has being trailed for accusation of participating in guerrilla funeral ceremonies. Court is demanding 5 years imprisonment for Ali Şimşek.

Şimşek had made a speech during the religious ceremony held for guerilla Veysi Kaplan who had been killed in Yüksekova-Hakkari in 2008. Court’s accusation is that making propaganda for an illegal organization.

Case has been delayed for advance hearing.

Mass arrests in context of operation on DTP continue

28.04.2009 BURSA (DİHA)

Mass arrests in context of operation on DTP continue.

Lastly 12 people including some DTP members and managers have been taken into custody by spontaneous raids on houses in Bursa and its districts Osmangazi and Yıldırım.

The houses have been spontaneously raided by police from anti-terror team on early morning. Numerous magazines and books have been confiscated.

There is no information have been obtained about reason for arrests while detainees are being kept in Bursa Police Department.

Operation wave against DTP continues

27.04.2009 ŞIRNAK (DİHA)

 Operation wave against DTP is continuing. Lastly 15 more members of DTP including Bekir Kılıçlarslan, a member of DTP Central Executive Board or MYK, have been taken into custody.

Operation wave began on April 14 continues in Şırnak and Şırnak’s counties such as Cizre and Silopi. A lot of houses were raided on and 15 citizens had been taken into custody by this time. Books and computers had been confiscated during the police search in raided houses.

Here are the names of detainees; Emin İrmez, Şırnak Provincial Council member of DTP, Bekir Kılıçaslan, member of DTP MYK, Democratic Patriot Youth Centre or YDG-M members Abdulaziz Bulut, Kader İdin, Hurşit Külter, Serdar Şavluk, Zıver Mete, İsmet Tokay, Doğan Küçük, Agit Küçük, Mesut Kar, Serdar Özkül and member of Democratic and Free Women Movement Nazdar Ecevit, member of DTP Mehmet Dalmış in addition a citizen his name isn’t known.

Reason of the raids wasn’t stated yet.

Beaten child is under control in hospital

24.04.2009VAN (DİHA)

 15 year-old S.T is under control in hospital as taken measure for possible brain hemorrhage because of being beaten by police from special operation team during demonstration to protest ongoing operation on DTP. He is going to be under control for 10 days.

People in Hakkari had protested raids on DTP as well as other part of Turkey. Police interfered in the demonstration and a police from special operation team beat 15 year-old S.T. by ruffle butt as all Turkey watched on TV screens. S.T had been taken to Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Hospital due to receive treatment. According to doctors’ decision he needs to stay 10 more days since he is in danger of brain hemorrhage.

Mehmet Turan, father of S.T., says he is going to follow the case to punish the police; this is atrocity and I’m going to do everything to punish the police. It is ironic that the incident has been occurred on Children Holiday. I think there is no such case in the world. I’m going to call government and security forces to account.

14-year-old child dies when tries to run away from police

24.04.2009 HAKKÂRİ (DİHA)

14-year-old child, Abdulsemat Erip, died when he was trying to run away from police in Hakkari.

Abdulsemat Erip was amid of demonstrators who were protesting ongoing police operation on DTP in Hakkari. He wanted to run away to protect himself from being attacked during the police intervention by smoke bombs at demonstrators. And then he fell over the Katramas stream. His life couldn’t be saved in hospital he had been taken to.

Police intervention on protestors in Hakkari

24.04.2009 HAKKARİ (DİHA)

Police intervention on protestors increased tension in Hakkari. Smoke bombs and pressured water have been used during the police intervention. City become like a battle field by intervention. Tight tension was still continuing by the time the news were prepared.

Shop keepers had taken down the shutters and thousands protestors had established barriers on early morning in Yüksekova a county of Hakkari to protest ongoing operation on DTP. On the other hand main roads had been blocked by the protestors, electricity had been cut and 6 protestors including Tajdin Soydan, Musa Şen, Ramazan Akdoğan had been taken into custody.

It is observed that police’ tight security measures around the city are going on and managers of DTP’s negotiates didn’t work with demonstrators by the time the news were prepared.

Pro-Kurd Movement member arrested

23.04.2009 DİYARBAKIR (DİHA)

Hacire Özdemir, who is from pro-Kurd women movement Democratic and Free Women Movement or DÖKH, has been arrested. She had been taken into custody during operations against DTP in Diyarbakır on April 14 that is still ongoing.

Hacire Özdemir was councilor for SELİS which is an association for women consultation and took part during DTP’s election works.

She is going to be trailed by accusation of being member of armed organization.

Child prisoners remembered on Children Holiday

23.04.2009 NEWSCENTRE (DİHA)

Child prisoners have been remembered on Children Holiday by Justice for Children Initiative in Diyarbakır. Initiative flew the balloons and kites in front of Diyarbakır E Type Closed Prison as a symbol of demanding freedom for children who are still in prison. There was also same activities have been held in Istanbul and Ankara by Genç Sen-Students Trade Union and GENÇSOL.

Judicial system’s implementations in Turkey have been condemned and hundreds of child prisoners have been pointed out during the demonstrations. Genç-Sen and Initiative members flew the balloons and kites accompanied slogans and banners such as “Five hundred Children are Arrested for Throwing Stone”, “There is no Holiday for Child Prisoners”, “Children in Prison, Where is Justice”, “Let Child Prisoners Free”

According to official data 2 thousands 433 children are still in the prisons in all around Turkey and most part of those have being trailed by Heavy Penal Courts particularly in Southeastern Turkey.

DTP Kars provincial vice chair arrested

22.04.2009 18:53

KARS (DİHA) – DTP Kars provincial vice chair Turgut Taşkıran has been arrested in connection with praising crime and criminal. Taşkıran had been taken into custody from his house during recent operations on DTP.

7 years imprisonment for four children as National Children Holiday gift

22.04.2009 DİYARBAKIR (DİHA)

Four children have received ‘National Children Holiday gift’ from Diyarbakır 6th Heavy Penal Court; 7 years imprisonment on the grounds that being member of illegal organization, making propaganda for illegal organization, resisting against police officer and breaking the law about meeting and demonstration.

A.N., M.Z.Y., M.E. and H.H.A., have been sentenced to 6 years 11 months in prison by Diyarbakır 6th Heavy Penal Court.

Mentioned children had being trailed for throwing stone at the police during DTP’s press release.

20 young people from DTP Batman and Istanbul arrested

22.04.2009 BATMAN/İSTANBUL (DİHA)

20 more young people have been arrested from DTP’s youth organization Democratic Patriot Youth-Centre or YDG-M in Batman and Istanbul.

20 arrested young people had been detained in Istanbul and Batman in the context of recent raids on DTP and related organizations.

12 of them who had been taken into custody from Istanbul YDG-M have been trailed on Istanbul Court that sent them to 10th Heavy Penal Court by arresting demand of prosecutor.

End of the trail, according to court decision Mustafa Doğrul, Cafer Yıldız, Şeyma Güzel, Cihat Dursun and Emrullah Çelik have been released while, Pakize Ukşul, Celal Ablak, Berat Birtek, Deniz Demir, Tuncer Bağ, Faruk Karaaslan and Önder Akar have being arrested on the grounds that being member of illegal organization. Pakize Ukşul has been sent Bakırköy Women Prison and other six have been sent to Metris Prison in Istanbul.

On the other hand 15 young people who had been taken into custody April 17th from YDG-M in Batman have been taken to the prosecutor to give statement. Ahmet Altürk and Ulaş Ekinci have been released but other 13 whose names are Doğan Şenses, Baran Boral, Mukaddes Oruç, Zeynep Korkut, Ahmet Altun, Ömer Azizoğlu, Deniz Şahin, Veysi Baltaş, Mehmet Ergün, Ferhat Işık, Uğur Ar, Yılmaz Kamik and Emin Etik have been arrested in connection with being member of illegal organization and making propaganda for an illegal organization.

According to information obtained mentioned arrested young people have been sent to Batman M Type Closed Prison

25 arrested in Ağrı related operation on DTP

22.04.2009 AĞRI (DİHA)

25 of 27 detainees including DTP Ağrı mayoral candidate Murat Öztürk and head of Educator Trade Union Ağrı branch Cezmi Gündüz have been arrested after trail in Ağrı.

25 arrested people mostly members of DTP had been taken into custody during the police raid on their houses in connection with taking a part in demonstrations against controversial results of election in Ağrı. 25 people are being accused for being member of illegal organization, making propaganda for illegal organization, resisting against police officer and breaking the law about meeting and demonstration.

25 arrested persons including former head of Educator Trade Union Ağrı branch Cezmi Gündüz, DTP Ağrı mayoral candidate Murat Öztürk and some managers from DTP have been sent to Ağrı Closed Prison.

2 More DTP members under custody in Mardin and Mazıdağ

22.04.2009 MARDİN (DİAH)

Operation against DTP is continuing. 2 more DTP members have been taken into custody after police raids on houses in Mardin and Mardin’s district Mazıdağ..

According to information obtained the police from

anti-terror team of Mardin Police Department raided on some houses on early morning and DTP member Ahmet Bingöl in Mardin, Yusuf Şık in Mazıdağı have been taken into custody.

They have been taken to Mardin Police Department. Custody reason is unknown yet.

Police raids on Kocaeli DTP, head of branch is under custody

22.04.2009 KOCAELİ (DİHA)

DTP Kocaeli branch organization has been raided by police from Kocaeli Police Department. Provincial chair of DTP Kocaeli Ali Kavak has been taken into custody.

Operation against DTP is continuing in all around Turkey. Last police raid has been held against Kocaeli DTP branch organization. Police from Kocaeli Police Department confiscated magazines and numerous books during the raid.

Provincial chair of DTP Kocaeli Ali Kavak has been taken into custody from his house. Raid and search in the office lasted 2 hours.

According to information obtained chair Ali Kavak has been taken to the Kaşgal Police Department. Educators Trade Union, Labor’s Party or EMEP and Socialist Democracy Party or SDP have visited the raided DTP office and present their support for DTP. Provincial DTP

Organization is going to make a press statement in advance.

5 DTP members under custody

22.04.2009 MARDİN (DİHA)

Operation against DTP is continuing. 5 DTP members have been taken into custody after police raids on houses in Mardin and Mardin’s district Nusaybin.

According to information obtained police from anti-terror team of Nusaybin Police Department raided on some houses on early morning and DTP Youth Assembly members Cengiz Doğan, Vahap Abandır, İsmail Özbek and Süleyman and Selami whose last name cannot be informed have been taken to Nusaybin Police Department.

Custody reason is unknown yet.

4 more detainees in Ardahan

22.04.2009 ARDAHAN (DİHA)

Operation on DTP’s youth centre is continuing. Lastly, houses has been simultaneously raided in Dağcı and Beşiktaş villages located Ardahan and four young people from Democratic Patriot Youth Centre or YDG-M have been taken into custody.

Yağmur Demirbaş from Beşiktaş village, Baran Yılmaz and Yunus Yılmaz from Dağcı village and Özgür Topçu from Ardahan Student Dormitory are detainees’ names.

According to information obtained mentioned young people’ custody reason is chanting illegal slogans during the Newroz celebration in Ardahan.

What are child prisoners going to do on April 23rd Children Holiday?

22.04.2009 ADANA (DİHA)

 April 23rd is a National Holiday for Children in Turkey and there is a traditional ceremony. Children are taking over important duty for just one day such as president, prime minister, minister etc. “How about child prisoners, what kind of duty they are going to take over, would it be prisoner manager” child prisoners’ families are asking.

Child prisoners case came into question in account of 23 April Children Holiday. Children will be president, prime minister or ministers while 28 others met Children Holiday in Adana prison.

Mothers of ‘sentenced’ children ask authorities

Families of ‘arrested’ children are asking authorities; our children are under suppression which they have never deserved as child. They cannot take care of themselves. They are loosing weight as well as psychological health. Are your consciences clear when our children are in the prison in this holiday? Don’t you feel guilty when you practiced double standards about children issue?

Mikail Uygur, brother of 17 year old S.U. who has been in prison for 3 months in Adana Prison; my brother had been arrested 3 months ago. His head had been broken during custody process. Other children who are living in normal conditions are going to sit on statesman’s chair while ours sitting on prison bunk. How are you going to celebrate this holiday when our children in prison? Do you think they deserve it? Is your conscience not going to bother you? Our children need to trail in equal condition like other children who is allegedly criminal but not by Heavy Penal Court. Judicial system has to be practiced equally for them if our children guilty.

On the other hand children in Adana are also asking same kind of question since they think there is discrimination for Kurdish children.

15 year old V. Ç. who had been taken 2 times into custody in 3 months and his trail is still going on at Adana 6th and 7th Heavy Penal Court, prosecutor’s demand sentence him to 17-37 years in prison; police took me when I was out side. They beat me and other children during the custody. Then my 2 friends had been arrested, I had been released. After then police came to my house again and took me to police department. Beating continued hours. I had been released another day 3 o’clock in the morning. There is one thing I can say if you ask me about 23rd April, that no meaning for me.

11 year old Azad Bayav, also had been taken into custody 2 times in a short time; children like us cannot celebrate holiday. Police took me into custody and try to break my hand when I was in police department. They beat me and swore at me as well as other children who were under custody like me. I think this holiday not for us.

11 year old Abdurahman Tufan; we are going to work on holiday time. We have nothing to remind us Children Holiday. We have just one play ground. Police have broken toys if there is a demonstration in this neighborhood.

76 year old women arrested for aid and abed to PKK

21.04.2009 ELAZIĞ (DİHA)

 76 year old women and 3 others have been arrested for aid and abed to PKK in Karakoçan county of Elazığ.

Eşref Y. (76) and other three had been taken into custody on 16th April and 1st Criminal Court of First Instance has sent them to the prison for aid and abed to PKK.

DTP Kars provincial vice chair is under custody

21.04.2009 VAN (DİHA)

DTP Kars provincial vice chair Turgut Taşkıran has been taken into custody

Police from Kars Police Department has raid on Turgut Taşkıran’s house and took him to the department. Reason for custody couldn’t be learned.

10 months imprisonment for Diyarbakır Mayor Baydemir and Batman Mayor Atalay

21.04.2009 DİYARBAKIR (DİHA)

Diyarbakır Mayor Osman Baydemir and Batman Mayor Necdet Atalay have been sentenced to 10 months in prison on the grounds that making propaganda for illegal organization. Diyarbakır 4th Heavy Penal Court’s conviction based on the word as guerilla which had been used by Baydemir and Atalay in their speech.

Muharrem Erbey and Meral Danış Beştaş lawyers for Baydemir and Atalay have been ready in court for hearing. According to lawyers’ defense there is no crime factor in the speech but using the word as guerilla instead of terrorist might bother judges. There were similar cases about using the word as guerilla which is not crime. All cases had been resulted as dismissal.

Lawyer evaluated the conviction as political decision.

One more person arrested from YDG-M

21.04.2009 İSTANBUL (DİHA)

One more person arrested from Democratic Patriot Association Centre or YDG-M who had been taken into custody in the context of recent raids on DTP and related organizations. Sinan Hazer was one of four detainees as Mehmet Nuri Kıran, Deniz Yeşilyurt, Gülen Kılıçoğlu from YDG-M. Other three have been released.

Sinan Hazer, who has sent to Metris prison, had being accused of being a member of an illegal organization by 10th Heavy Penal Court.

15 year old child is under custody

21.04.2009 VAN (DİHA)

15 year old child Z.H. has been taken into custody from his school by accusation of participating in demonstrations to protest PM. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit Van.

Z.H., a student in Mizancı Murat High School, has been taken from his class during the lesson by police from Van Police Department.

According to information obtained Z.H. is being kept in Child Department of Van Police Department.

Number of custody increases to 30 in Istanbul during the raids on DTP

18.04.2009 İSTANBUL (DİHA)

The number of custody has increased to 30 in Istanbul because of the recent raids on DTP and related organizations.

Here are some of the detainees’ names; Pakizer Ukşul, Şeyma Güzel, Cafer Yıldız, Deniz Yeşilyurt, Hamza Aslan, Güten Kılıçoğlu, Tuncer Bağ, Emrah Yıldırım, Engin Emre Değer, Fehmi K., Mustafa Doğrul, Helin Orman, Mahmut Göksu, Serdar Yıldız, Celal Ablak, Burçin İshakoğlu, Berat Birtek, Rohat Çiçek, Cihat Dursun, Önder Akar, Gülen Kılıçoğlu, Sinan Hezer, Zeki Taşdemir, Deniz Çiçek, Mehmet Nuri Kıran.

16 more people from DTP arrested in Adıyaman

18.04.2009 ADIYAMAN (DİHA)

16 people from DTP have been arrested in Adıyaman on the grounds that “being member of an illegal organization” and “making propaganda for an illegal organization” during the demonstration to protest police attacks on Amara march that two had been killed by the police.

They had been taken into custody during police operations wave lasted 3 days on DTP and related organizations.

Here are the arrested persons’ names; Emrah Kızılyıldız, Haydar Erdoğan, Özbey Dinler, Hayrettin Diken, Emrah Akbaba, Şahin Durdu, Tuncer Can, Mehmet Fasülye, Emin Çelik, Abdurrahman Doğan, Tahir Kurt, Gazi Güler, Cengiz Erden, Kamber Sertbaş, M. Şirin Ökten and Mehmet Eri.

There were 21 people from DTP who had been taken into custody by Adıyaman Police Department.

Arrested people have been sent to the Prison.

Five more people from DTP arrested in Bitlis

18.04.2009 BİTLİS (DİHA)

Five more people from DTP have been arrested in Güroymak (Nurşin) a district of Bitlis in connection with chanting illegal slogans during the DTP’s election meeting. They had been taken into custody during police operations wave lasted 3 days on DTP and related organizations.

There were 20 people from DTP who had been taken into custody by Güroymak Police Department.

Arrested people have been sent to the Bitlis E Type Prison.

51 of 53 detainees from DTP arrested

18.04.2009 DİYARBAKIR (DİHA)

51 of 53 detainees from DTP have been arrested by Diyarbakır Chief Prosecutor of the Republic on the grounds that “managing an illegal organization and being member of an illegal organization”. Arrested people had been taken into custody in the context of operation on DTP and related organizations fallowing 12th wave of Ergenekon investigation. Mentioned operation had been lasted three days and around 300 people from DTP had been taken into custody when numerous DTP and also related organizations had been raided. Rest of the detainees is waiting for hearing yet.

Here are the names of arrested people from DTP;

Bayram Altun; vice chairman of co-chair of DTP, Kamuran Yüksek, Selma Irmak; DTP Central Executive Board member, Lawyers; Şinasi Tur, Ebru Günay and Siracettin Irmak. Hüseyin Yılmaz, Kemal Aktaş, Mehmet Abbasoğlu, Herdem Kızılkaya, Mehmet Akın, Celal Yoldaş, Hasan İnatçı, Sara Aktaş, Ercan Sezgin, Nadir Yıldırım, Musa Farisoğulları; DTP Diyarbakır province manager, Temer Tanrıkulu, Ahmet Birsin; Gün TV Broadcasting Coordinator, Zehra Bozacı, Zahide Besi, Çimen Işık, Heval Erdemli, Pergüzar Kaygısız, Ahmet Çelen, Alican Önlü, Salih Akdoğan, Besima Konca, Elif Kaya, Leyla Deniz, Mazlum Tekdağ, Olcay Kanlıbaş, Pero Dündar, Pınar Işık, Seve Demir, Zeynep Boğa, Ahmet Zirek, Nihayet Taşdemir, Dilan Taşdemir, Esma Güler, Gülcihan Şimşek, Hasan Üner, Musa Çiftçi, Aslan Özdemir, Engin Kotay, Mehmet Nimet Sevim, Rahmi Özmen, Roza Erdede, Hasan Iraz, Lütfü Dağ ve Senanik Öner.

Arrested people from DTP have been sent to Diyarbakır D Type Prison.

Operations on DTP continue

17.04.2009 NEWSCENTRE (DİHA)

Operations on DTP are continuing by widening. Up to this point in time there were 121 people are under custody in the context of operation against DTP.

Raids on DTP organizations and DTP members’ houses have being continued. Total number of detentions is become 121 with today’s detentions in Ankara, Batman, İzmir, Diyarbakır, İstanbul, Antalya, Bitlis, Mardin and Mersin.

Mentioned operations directed DTP had been begun by Diyarbakır Chief Prosecution of the Republic’s order on 7th April. Democratic Patriot Youth-Centre or YDG-M members are also faced expanded operations. There are no enough explanation have been obtained about reason of detentions since all files about detainees and operations have been taken under the decision of secrecy.

Here are the states and detainees’ names;

Antalya; 20 people are under custody: Sedat Çebi, Dindar Kahraman, Adnan Aslan, Sedat Çomak, Leyla Bulut, Erhan Ergöz, Mehmet Tarin, Besna Dalgıç, Ali Akbaş and unidentified 13 people

Batman; 15 members of the YDG-M who are not identified.

Bitlis: 20 people are into custody in Güroymak (Nurşin) a district of Bitlis. Raids are continuing yet.

Mardin; DTP member Celal Ablak has been taken into custody in Kızıltepe a district of Mardin.

Ankara; 8 DTP managers and members are in custody; member of DTP Mamak executive board Mevlüt Aslan, member of DTP Altındağ branch Nurhayat Üstündağ, members of YDG-M which one of DTP organization İbrahim Bakır, Savaş Deli and Yılmaz, Cihat, Pakizer and Hêjar –last names cannot identified. On the contrary of others, reasons for detentions in Ankara have been showed as chanting slogans during the Newroz celebrations.

There were operations on DTP and YDG-M in Aydın, Kocaeli and Adıyaman where about 40 people had been taken into custody. It is being expected that detentions numbers are going to increase.

Detention numbers and extent of operation on DTP get wider

17.04.2009 NEWSCENTRE (DİHA)

Detention numbers are getting increase to 21 in Izmir including Mesopotamia Culture Centre or MKM Izmir branch chair Veysi Güneş, 8 others in Ankara, 3 in Istanbul. Also Mersin DTP Youth Organization member Tuncer Bozdağ is under custody.

Raids on DTP buildings and related people’s houses are continuing. After DTP Istanbul building has been raided on early morning in connection with planning some youth activities in party, now 8 people from Ankara, 21 people from Izmir and one in Mersin have been under custody.

Here are the names of the people who are under custody in Izmir; Akif Demirtaş, Emrah Pirbudak, Ferhat Özer, Bawer Kılıçoğlu, Maşuk Tezkorkmaz, Rıdvan Demirhan, Ferit Turgal, Cüneyt Çelik, Murat Demir, Abdulselam Bakır, Özcan Sabuncu, Kesip Rahat, Uğur Yıldırım, Turgut Ecevit, Abdurrahim Marul and chair of MKM İzmir branch Veysi Güneş.

Detention numbers might be increased during the raids on mentioned places.

Raids on DTP and related people continue

17.04.2009 NEWSCENTRE (DİHA)

 Raids on DTP buildings and related people’s houses are continuing. DTP Istanbul building has been raided on early morning in connection with planning some youth activities in party. According to information obtained operation has been made by 11th Heavy Penal Court’s directive.

On the other hand Deniz Yeşilyurt and Nuri Kıran, members of Democratic Patriot Youth-Assembly or YDG-M have been taken into custody today.

Yesterday there were 40 people from YDG-M who had been taken under custody.

Besides those there were numerous houses have been raided and 13 people are under custody by now.

Here are the names of people who have been taken into custody by police from anti-terror team of Izmir Police Department; Bayar Kılıç, Veysi Güneş, Arif Kurtuluş, Cüneyt Çelik, Murat Demir, A.Selam Bakır, Özcan Sabuncu, Kesip Rahat ve Abdurrahim Marol and unidentified 4 others.

Allgedly police also raided on DTP Izmir provincial organization.

Arrested people number increased to 17 in Adıyaman

16.04.2009 ADIYAMAN (DİHA)

Raids are being continued against Kurdish places in Adıyaman as well as in other provinces.

Arrested people number increased to 17 in Adıyaman where 14 more people had been taken into custody by police’s spontaneous raid on numerous houses in Adıyaman’s district Kahta and Besni.

According to information obtained police from anti-terror team of Adıyaman police department have spontaneously raided on houses in Kahta and took 17 people into custody including managers of DTP province branch.

Here are the names of arrested people; Head of Peace and Democracy Party or BDP province organization Haydar Erdoğan, head of DTP Atakent town branch Kamber Serttaş, manager of DTP Adıyaman branch İsmihan Ok and M. Emin Fasulye, Emin Çelik, Tuncer Can, Hayrettin Biçen, Cengiz Özkan, Cengiz Erdem, Mecbure Ünlük, Gazi Güler, Mehmet Eri, Besin Beldesi’nden ise Nalin Atsız, Tahir Kurt, Mehmet Şirin Ökten, Özbey Dinler.

Accusations for arrested people are participating in a demonstration to protest attack on Amara March in which 2 marchers had been killed and chanting illegal slogans during the march.

Mentioned individuals have being stayed in Adıyaman police department.

10 people arrested in Tatvan

16.04.2009 BİTLİS (DİHA)

Raids are being continued against Kurdish area. Lastly 10 more people had been taken into custody by police’ spontaneous raid on 10 houses in Tatvan a district of Bitlis.

According to information obtained police from anti-terror team of Tatvan police department have spontaneously raided 10 houses on early morning and took Baver Tilay, Delil Akbulak, Özcan Yurtada, Yalçın Aysal, Ali Taş, Ömer Arınç, Burak Altekin, Vedat Akbay, Naim Nuyan and an anonymous man into custody. Mentioned individuals have being stayed in Tatvan police department.

7 members of a pro-Kurds organization are under custody

16.04.2009 AYDIN (DİHA)

Raid wave against Kurdish places is continuing. Lastly 7 members of Democratic Patriot Youth Assembly or YDG-M have been taken into custody after police raid on 5 houses in Aydın.

Özgür Kaya, Deniz Kaya, Sabetullah Canpolat, Orhan Emeç, Vedat Artut, Savaş Kılıç and Çetin Yazıcı have been stayed in Aydın police department’s anti-terror branch. There is no information obtained about reason of their custody.

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