Police attack women and children in Bolu, Turkey at their “silent march” protecting women’s rights

The government’s curfew enacted due to pandemic is used as an excuse to prevent any opposition to the dictatorial rule of the AKP government. The AKP held a huge, packed convention indoors only last week with complete disregard of any social distancing, masks, or disease prevention measures. Preventing women from marching, the police pushed and shoved the women and their children, ordering them back into their homes. The children, frightened by the police attack, cried and hid behind their mothers for protection.

Police attack women and children in Bolu, Turkey at their “silent march” protecting women’s rights

When women announced their plan to rally in Bolu, Turkey, to protest the Istanbul Convention’s cancellation by the government, the governor immediately banned the protest.

Istanbul Convention is the agreement that binds Turkey to uphold laws that give equal treatment and education to women and protect women against violence, domestic or otherwise.

Women across the country are pledging to protect their rights as Turkey turns more towards an Islamic-fascist rule and starts to confine women to homes and gives rights over them to men. Protests began across the country against the government’s strict orders banning all opposition.

The day after the Istanbul Agreement was annulled by the president, six women were murdered either by their husbands, ex-husband, or boyfriends. Women expect the attacks to escalate. The number of attacks increased 1,400% after AKP came to power. To remedy the problem, AKP stopped collecting data and publishing statistics on aggression against women.

In Bolu, women defied the government’s ban on protesting and came out to the streets in a “silent march.” They wore their purple bandanas that represent women’s rights in Turkey.

However, the police found the excuse that children should not be in public during the COVID pandemic to prevent the women’s silent march.

The government’s curfew enacted due to pandemic is used as an excuse to prevent any opposition to the dictatorial rule of the AKP government. The AKP held a huge, packed convention indoors only last week with complete disregard of any social distancing, masks, or disease prevention measures.

Preventing women from marching, the police pushed and shoved the women and their children, ordering them back into their homes. The children, frightened by the police attack, cried and hid behind their mothers for protection.

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