MPs protest femicide with ‘Las Tesis’ dance in parliament

Duvar English

Members of parliament from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) performed the previously-banned singing protest from the Chilean feminist collective Las Tesis.

CHP Member of Parliament Sera Kadıgil addressed Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and criticized the arrests of seven women in Istanbul at a protest as well as the violent police intervention at an Ankara protest.

“There’s a dance that started in Chile to draw attention to violence against women,” Kadıgil said. “Thanks to you, Turkey has become the first country where you need legislative immunity to perform it.”

Female members of chanted “You’re the rapist police, government, ” and “You will never walk alone” and held up pictures of women who have been victims of femicide.

“If chanting will solve the problem, let Parliament hear it,” said Interior Minister Soylu. “But that necessitate calling the police, government, ministers ‘rapist’ and ‘killer.’”

from Duvar English

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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