The Turkish riot police fired tear gas to disperse a large number of demonstrators, protesting the violence against women in Istanbul and the government’s withdrawal from international treaties dedicated to combating violence.
According to reports, a large number of protesters marched to Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Thursday to commemorate the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.” They encountered a large number of police officers in the square. They were blocked by police in heavy anti-riot gear. After ordering the crowd to disperse, they continued to fire tear gas at the crowd.
The melee with the police was captured in videos circulating on the Internet, showing that while tear gas was floating in the air, the police were moving towards the demonstrators to clear them from the area.
People also saw protesters holding various signs and banners. Some even held flares, while others chanted anti-government slogans and demanded an end to what some activists called “Female killingAccording to data from the women’s rights organization “We will stop killing women”, so far this year, approximately 345 women in Turkey have lost their lives in gender-based violence, only slightly lower than the 410 reported in 2020.
After the Turkish government officially withdrew from the international treaty aimed at addressing violence against women in July, the protests were smaller in other cities across the country.The agreement was called the Istanbul Convention and was initially negotiated in the same city in 2011, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to withdraw from the agreement was severely criticized by local militants and foreign leaders. The President of the United States Joe Biden dubbed mobile “Very disappointing.”
As far as Ankara is concerned, claim The convention has “Hijacked” go through “People are trying to normalize homosexuality,” It says “It does not conform to Turkish social and family values.” Nevertheless, the government insists that it will not “Giving up the fight against domestic violence” And will “Continue to protect the safety and rights of all women.”
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