A group of youth organizations, including Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) Youth Assembly, were blocked from reading a press statement in Istanbul’s Kadıköy and detained violently by police, Mesopotamia Agency reported on Oct. 25.
Joined by New Democrat Youth (YDG) and Revolutionary Students Union-Youth Revolutionary Forces (DEV-GÜÇ), the HDP Youth Assembly wanted to read a press statement about the United Youth Assembly they will establish on Nov. 15.
The group held up a banner that read “We march against fascism together for our union,” which police asked to be removed on the grounds that it presented a criminal element for displaying a photo of İbrahim Kaypakkaya, a deceased Turkish leftist.
HDP deputy Musa Piroğlu, who was accompanying the youth organizations, spoke to police to de-escalate the situation, but police proceeded to batter and detain around 40 demonstrators.
Deputy Piroğlu came back with a group of 10 demonstrators to read the press statement, being battered and detained by police as well.
The youth organization members were released later in the day.
from Duvar English https://ift.tt/37V7uz9