EFD Rights Watch: HDP’s Demirtaş still not brought to court… Academic Koray Çalışkan Detained…

HDP Co-Chair Demirtaş wasn’t taken to courtroom after refusing to be handcuffed. “We will resist injustice and protect honor of the people whom we represent”, Demirtaş said.
Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed co-leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has penned a letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after the latter accused him of being a “terrorist.”
On his Twitter account, CHP MP Salıcı has announced that “Koray Çalışkan has just been detained from his home. The legislative intention is not clear, one more time academic whose address is known hasn’t been summoned to testify”.
Police detained 72 people on July 10 during operations conducted at two universities in Istanbul, Boğaziçi and Medeniyet, over their alleged links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), who is blamed for the July 2016 coup attempt.

Hundreds of Thousands in Turkey Protest Erdogan

Hundreds of thousands of protesters arrived in Istanbul for the end of the three-week March for Justice. Led by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the head of the main opposition party, they protested the government’s recent crackdown ondissenters.


After last year’s botched coup in Turkey, thousands were arrested or fired in a far-reaching purge – including some Turkish military officers and their families stationed abroad.

Turks stage largest show of opposition against Erdoğan government in years

Istanbul rally is final stop in 280-mile ‘justice march’ from Ankara protesting against arbitrary arrests and dismissals after coup attempt

Hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets of Istanbul on Sunday in the largest opposition rally in years, in a serious rebuke to the government’s large-scale crackdown on opponents since last year’s attempted coup.

Photo of Recep Tayyip Erdogan taken from r4bia.com. Creative commons.

While the earlier education reforms of Turkey’s socially conservative AKP (Justice and Development Party) pointed towards inclusiveness, the current ones have a far more troubling direction.

We are marching to halt Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism | Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

The only way to fight the rise of illiberal populism is to stand united in defence of democratic values. This is the message of our justice march

• Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is Turkey’s opposition leaderEvery day, tens of thousands of Turkish citizens are walking to demand justice. We began in Ankara on 15 June and we are marching to Istanbul, walking for almost 20km (13 miles) every day. We are demanding justice and the rule of law for everyone living in Turkey.

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