Police severely intervened in the procession and press release that the Farcan Foundation wanted to organize in Adana yesterday. Members of the Fulkan Foundation, speaking in BBC Turkish, said hundreds of people were abused and 50 were seriously injured.
The Fercan Foundation marched to release eight members who had been imprisoned for some time and had not yet been charged, but police intervened because it was “unauthorized.”
Images shared by the Furkan Foundation on social media show that police used tear gas and rubber bullets at close range against demonstrators, and many activists were abused.
Non-governmental organizations and lawyers issuing statements on social media have stated that police are beyond their authority in their intervention.
The Criminal Code Academy said of those beaten in front of the wall of the apartment, “It is clear in the video that the limits of police input are exceeded, but police actions constitute a crime of torture.” increase.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Süleyman Soyle said, “Despite all the provocations, insults and abuses, it should not have been our way to use disproportionate forces.”
The Governor’s Office of Adana has announced that investigations have begun on two police officers who were found to have used disproportionate forces against demonstrators during the intervention.
According to information provided by the Hulkan Foundation, about 50 people were seriously injured and hundreds were beaten during police intervention.
To protect against police intervention, Furkan Foundation Chairman Alparslan Kuytul and a group with him are said to have been stored in a market warehouse for seven hours.
“It’s like we’re in hell.”
In a video shared on social media, a female police officer immediately pushed Fatma Kardash, who was away from her, turned her back, and found that Kardash fell to the ground violently.
Kaldash was contacted by the BBC Turks and said he had been injured in the violence of a fall and had been reported assaulted, and said he would file a proceeding against a police officer who pushed her from behind.
“We felt like we were in hell. They attacked women and children indiscriminately and cruelly. I thought they would probably kill us here. They opened the road. I was stabbing a passerby. Injured. ”
“Because he hit his leg, they took someone who was bouncing between them in front of me and shot him until he completely broke his lame leg. My pregnant friend got sick because of a pepper spray and a baton .. They hit the head of a gentleman who was repeatedly recruited with a baton. ”
“We didn’t have a scarf struggle as they persecuted us.”
In many comments on the video of Cardash falling to the ground on social media, Cardash has been criticized for being “abused by a female police officer like him wearing a scarf.”
Meanwhile, Cardash describes the violence he suffered as follows: “They were completely blind, deaf and unusual.”
“The day I had to quit school because of my scarf, I told myself,’My struggle today is for tomorrow’s freedom.'”
Cardash also states that while trying to prevent one of her female friends from being beaten, she was beaten on the shoulder with a baton and continued to be beaten after falling to the ground.
“I couldn’t intervene in someone who had a heart attack.”
Mr. Murat, who is a public health worker and wants to keep his real name secret, said he provided first aid to about 10 people who were seriously injured by police intervention.
“A friend’s left eye was sprayed with chili gas, and while the friend was lying on the ground, iron stabbed his head when police dragged him to the ground. A 6 cm incision was formed in his head. He was blind because he ate a chili spray and attacked the defenseless people who had fallen to the ground. ”
Murat claims that he was unable to intervene in some seriously injured people, including an activist who had a heart attack, because police did not allow him.
“Police also did not tolerate lawyers or emergency medical personnel in the area. They did not allow me to pass, even if one’s life was at stake.”
One of the controversial images on social media shows that several activists were beaten on the ground in front of the walls of the apartment.
Ahmet Erikten of the Fulkarn Foundation states that the backs of those beaten here were “four heads torn, one of a friend’s arm broken, and about 700 beaten.”
Alparslan Kuytul’s 15-year-old son is said to have been taken to the hospital’s intensive care unit and to the hospital because he was struck in the head.
“They imprisoned people in the mosque.”
Members of the Fulkan Foundation spoke BBC Turkish, prayed in the afternoon and said that some activists had been waiting for hours at the mosque in the square to be protected from police intervention.
Murat says there was hours of “confusion” inside and outside the mosque.
“They pushed the crowd to the side of the mosque, and an afternoon prayer took place there. Then police surrounded the mosque. They did not allow hours to enter or leave the mosque. In other words, they did not allow the mosque to enter or leave. Imprisoned the people inside. The mosque for hours. “
“The news came that three people fainted at the mosque and I rushed to the mosque, but they didn’t let me through. Finally, a police officer looked up my medical worker card and gave permission. rice field.”
Ahmet Çelikten of the Furkan Foundation said hundreds of people were beaten at multiple points and explained that Alparslan Kuytul and his group had evacuated to a nearby market warehouse.
“About 25 to 30 police officers started shooting with Alpaslan. Alpaslan and our friends evacuated to the store’s warehouse. Police surrounded the warehouse and kept them out for about seven hours.”
“It is illegal to be detained without an arrest warrant. They did not call him detention, but they were detained because they were not allowed to leave. Seven hours later, they were detained. Entered the place and dragged our friends out, and kept hitting us. ”
Governor Adana: They organized a pirate event
In a post-incident statement, the Governor’s Office of Adana said that marches involving about 2,000 people were not allowed and that demonstrators who claimed to be undistributed intervened in various parts of the city.
“This group has been demonstrating illegally for months, and the group is tolerated and powerless every time. However, recent actions have disrupted security and affected everyday life in the city. I’m starting. ”
“Groups that did not disband despite being aware that the case was illegal were gradually intervened in warnings about their disbandment, and the group was disbanded.”
“These groups not only did not follow the warnings, but also resisted and attacked police officers. During this attack and clash, 37 police officers were injured in various places.”
Meanwhile, Cherikten believes that he has given the necessary notice to the Governor’s Office of Adana before the march through a notary public, and believes that blocking the march is unconstitutional.
“The day before the protest, a guard came and said,’We will not execute you,’ without giving a written reason. This is against the law and we will not accept it. rice field.”
“As we walked towards the marching area, police began to intervene severely. They said they opposed Law 2911 on conferences and demonstrations, which is a constitutional right.”
“Security has become a mafia-like organization.”
The Furkan Foundation, an Islamist organization, has been in the spotlight in recent years due to its criticism of the government and the occasional police intervention in its activities and the activities it faces.
The Hulkan Foundation has a different image from Turkey’s mainstream Islamist movement, both religiously, idealistically and politically.
The Fercan Foundation was also featured in a confidential report released in 2019 entitled “Religion-Social Organizations, Traditional Religions-Cultural Formation and New Religious Trends”, allegedly belonging to the President of Religious Affairs. I am. Confirmed by a civil servant.
In the report, the Foundation is listed in Turkey’s “Predecessor Discourse” category.
Alparslan Kuytul, meanwhile, argued in his occasional remarks that it had nothing to do with Salafiism and opposed the concept of Takfir, a Muslim who declares another Muslim an infidel. Said that.
The formation, which criticizes democracy and secularism, states that it is clearly opposed to nationalism and racism.
Within the framework of Islamic understanding that the Foundation advocates, one of its goals is to create a “pioneer generation,” and through its activities, “strives to form a true understanding of Islam.” increase.
Ahmet Erikten blames the recent intervention in the Fulkan Foundation on a “critical attitude towards the government.”
“Our teachers have criticized the government’s misconduct since it came to power. Groups within security forces that want to put the government in a difficult situation are in constant conflict with us.”
“If my constitutional press release rights are arbitrarily denied by the police, it means that the police have turned into an organization like the Mafia.”
AKP: “Disproportionate power means violence that has reached the limits of its legitimacy.”
Meanwhile, AK Party spokesperson Omer Celik added that “disproportionate use of force is unacceptable” for violence against Fulkan Foundation volunteers in Adana.
“As always, our principles are clear here. We never accept that our security forces, which we are constantly struggling with, use disproportionate forces in intervening in various events. I can’t. ”
“From the moment the picture of Adana emerged, our Interior Minister and Governor Adana said the investigation had begun. Disproportionate power means violence that has reached its limits of legitimacy.”
“They are running a swearing campaign as if this imbalanced power was a government policy. It’s as if February 28th was resurrected and the old days are back. It’s all just a delusion. Yes, we have put up the strongest struggle to abolish the conditions. February 28 in Turkey. ”