In Lice, Diyarbakir, police kidnapped and tortured a 14-year-old boy who was returning home with a friend. Child was forced to say he was Turkish. Diyarbakır is a predominantly Kurdish city in Turkey. After torturing him, the cops threw the hurt and wounded kid victim into the creek swamp.
According to the Mesopotamia Agency, a child, Y.D. (14), was returning home with a friend in Diyarbakır, Lice, last night and was stopped and beaten by the police. The child, who was kidnapped without justification, was first taken to a secluded field on a village road. Y.D., who was forced to say that he was a Turk, was then beaten by saying, “Swear at the Kurds, sing the National Anthem.” The hospitalized child was left in a swamp by the creek with his mouth and hands tied. The child, who was taken to the hospital after a villager notices it at nightfall, risks losing an eye.
“They tied my hands and feet”
Y.D., who told his family that he was tortured by four policemen, said, “They took me to a secluded place. They said tell me you are Turkish. They beat me with a gun butt, then tied my hands and feet. Then they threw me into the pit.”
“Say you are a Turk, curse at the Kurds”
Ramazan Karalp, the lawyer of the family, described the experiences of the boy named Y.D. as follows: “The child lives in the center of Lice. In the evening, he is stopped by the police on his way home with his friends. They leave his friend, who is ten years old, and take the child to a secluded place. They beat him with gun butts. They beat the kid and want him to say, “I am a Turk,” and to swear at the Kurds continuously.
When the child does not do this, this time they want him to memorize the Turkish National Anthem by the next day. They say, ‘If you don’t memorize it, we’ll come and shoot you in the head.’ Then they throw him into the swamp next to a stream that runs through the district center. They leave him there with his mouth and hands tied. A villager in a barn nearby tending to his animals notices the child when he hears noises. He rushes him to the hospital. The child was given a report of his injuries at Lice State Hospital and was then sent to Dicle University Faculty of Medicine. The child is currently being treated in the hospital and is at risk of losing his right eye. There’s constant bleeding in his eye, and he can’t open it.”
Source: Mesopotamia Agency
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