Mother of Gezi protests victim detained briefly over criticism of police killing

Turkish authorities detained and later released Emsal Atakan, the mother of Ahmet Atakan who was killed during Gezi Park protests, late on Saturday over her tweets on a woman killed by a police officer during a house raid in 2015, reported.

Emsal Atakan was detained over her tweets the murder case of Dilek Doğan who was shot after Istanbul police conducted operations on Oct. 18, 2015, in Istanbul's Küçük Armutlu district. And, she was later released after medical examination, said.

The Gezi Park protests started as a small sit-in against the proposed destruction of one of Istanbul’s few remaining green spaces to make way for a shopping mall, but mushroomed into nationwide mass protests after police waded in with batons and tear-gas to break up the demonstration. Eleven people were killed and more than 8,000 injured in the ensuing violence.

These included Ali İsmail Korkmaz, a 19-year-old fatally beaten in the city of Eskişehir; Ahmet Atakan, who fell to his death in the southern Turkish city of Antakya; Ethem Sarısülük; who was shot dead by police in Ankara; Hasan Ferit, who was fatally shot during protests in the Istanbul suburb of Maltepe; and Berkin Elvan, a boy who died at the age of 15 after being shot in the head with a police tear gas canister.