Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Women Organizing Against Domestic Violence Met with Police Repression

From Bianet:
The November 25 Women’s Platform organized an exhibition composed of objects symbolizing and the pictures showing the violence against women, but the exhibition was ended by a sudden and violent police intervention.

The exhibition of the November 25 Women’s Platform planned to last five hours ended due to the police intervention.

The platform was organized for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and was reported to the Beyoğlu Police Department, as it was to be held in front of the Galatasaray High School in Beyoğlu.

However, about twenty police officers dispersed the boards used for the exhibition, using physical violence in the process, on the grounds that it was an “unauthorized activity”, despite the laws said otherwise.

The women are protesting the situation with a sit-in.
For full article, click here.

Violence against women is in the spotlight this week. As in many other countries, domestic violence against women is an issue of serious concern, and not one many male politicians have been very eager to publicize. For demonstrations commemorating this Monday as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women that were not met with police violence, click here.

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