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 Turkish police attack demonstrators in Istanbul protesting the decision to exclude Kurdish MP Hatip Dicle

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Turkish police attack demonstrators in Istanbul protesting the decision to exclude Kurdish MP Hatip Dicle  27.6.2011   







June 27, 2011

ISTANBUL, Turkey, — Police heavily attacked a demonstration promoted in Istanbul by Labor, Democracy and Freedom Block to protest against the Election Board decision to strip Hatip Dicle of his mandate, pro Kurdish ANF news agency reported.

Protesters, among which were many Block deputies, have been voicing their protest against the government of the AKP as well. Thousands have been joining the demonstration when police attacked the crowd with tear gas. Deputies Sırrı Süreyya Önder,
www.ekurd.netErtuğrul Kürkçü, Sabahat Tuncel and Levent Tüzel were at the demonstration in Şişli.

At least 32 people have been detained, while Istanbul Mp Sebahat Tuncel suffered heavily because of the pepper gas.

Istanbul deputies taken to hospital

Istanbul MPs Sebahat Tuncel and Sırrı Süreyya Önder have been taken to hospital suffering from respiratory difficulties after police attacked a demonstration in Istanbul. The police have thrown tear gas at the crowd protesting against the Election Board decision to strip Diyarbakir MP Hatip Dicle of his mandate and against the government.

Turkish authorities stripped a prominent Kurdish activist Hatip Dicle of the parliamentary seat he won in the June 12 polls, citing a terror-related conviction, news agency reported.

Hatip Dicle 57, currently in jail awaiting trial in a separate case, had been expected to be freed after he was elected to parliament as an independent candidate from Diyarbakir, the largest Kurdish city in the southeast [Turkey Kurdistan].                 

Police attacked demonstration organized to protest against Election Board decision to exclude Dicle


Demonstrations in SiSli and Taksim heavily attacked by Turkish police. Photo: ANF, firatnews.com

The Higher Electoral Board however ruled late Tuesday that Dicle was not eligible to stand in the elections because of a 20-month jail sentence he had received under Turkey’s anti-terror law.

Dicle, in prison since 2010 awaiting trial in a separate case, had been expected to be freed to assume his seat.

The legal jumble arose from the fact that Dicle's sentence was upheld just four days before the polls, when the list of candidates had been confirmed.

His was convicted for a speech deemed "propaganda for an armed terrorist organisation" -- a reference to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has led a bloody separatist insurgency in the southeast since 1984.

In 2007
a jailed Kurdish activist Sebahat Tuncel elected to Turkey's legislature, who is backed by pro-Kurdish DTP party  was released to take a seat at Turkish parliament.   

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