Monday, June 24, 2013

Video shows Turkish police badly beating Gezi protesters for minutes in Antalya

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A group of young people who were hiding in a parking lot in the southern province of Antalya after a police intervention in a protest were badly beaten, according to camera footage obtained by lawyers.

The young people hid in a parking lot owned by the municipality in central Antalya before being caught there by a group of policemen with batons, on June 2, the video showed. The policemen then badly beat the young people, especially two males, for a few minutes.

Other instances of police brutality used against peaceful protesters in Turkey:


Turkey's prime minister has brushed off criticism by human rights groups and some European countries, insisting police officers have displayed "legendary heroism" in quelling weeks of anti-government protests.
Addressing police academy graduates at a ceremony in Ankara Monday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was protesters – not police – that were violent, and praised the security forces for showing restraint.


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