CHP files a censure motion against Interior Minister Sahin

Main opposition party files a censuremotion against Interiror Minister Şahin. AA Photo
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The main opposition CHP introduced a censure motion for Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin on Friday, saying he had “blocked the freedom to meet and demonstrate and the freedom to travel during Oct. 29 Republic Day.”

Over 50,000 people gathered in Ankara’s Ulus Square in front of the former Parliament building on Oct. 29 to celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the Republic, despite a ban from the Ankara governor. Police used pepper gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd as they marched toward Anıtkabir.

In its reasoning for the censure motion, the CHP stated that a number of NGOs had petitioned the Ankara governorate on Oct. 1 in order to inform it that they would read out a press statement in front of the former Parliament building before marching to Anıtkabir. However, in its response on Oct. 16, the governorate refused to allow the activity, arguing that it was illegal.

Both the ban by the governorate and a related circular by the Interior Ministry characterized celebration of Republic Day, as well as commemorating the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, as a crime, the CHP’s motion said.

“While police used pepper gas and attacked our citizens, the interior minister checked the area from a helicopter and directed the operations. Along with our citizens, lawmakers have also been subjected to the use of disproportionate force by the police,” the CHP said, adding that these policemen were protected by Şahin despite the fact that they had committed a crime.

“Assessing Republic Day celebrations in the content of crime and the political authority’s intervention in these celebrations – which were held to celebrate the Republic – as if it was crushing an insurgency, is extremely thought-provoking,” it said, adding that the use of violence against people who held different views to the political authority was a typical characteristic of dictatorial administrations.

Hurriyet Daily News

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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