Turkish police violence victim arrested after ECHR accepts his complaint against Erdoğan

A Turkish man who filed a complaint against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the European Court of Human Rights live tweeted his arrest at a courthouse on Thursday. Aydın Aydoğan was injured by police during nationwide anti-government protests in 2013. A tear gas canister fired by a police officer during the nation-wide Gezi Park protests left him disabled.

Aydoğan said Turkish authorities had ignored clear evidence in his case against the police for six years, forcing him to apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 2019 after he exhausted all legal options in Turkey. Aydoğan took legal action against Erdoğan for slandering and discriminating discourse against the millions of Turks who took part in the protests.

Millions across Turkey joined the 2013 protests after footage of violent police interventions against environmental activists in an Istanbul park spread on social media. The Turkish president called the protesters looters at the time and has since said the incident was plotted by foreign enemies of Turkey.

“If I am arrested, let everyone know I am here,” Aydoğan said on Twitter on Thursday, when he went to the courthouse to submit a petition after ECHR accepted his application.

Aydoğan earlier said he had been repeatedly detained and threatened by police after launching the complaint in Turkish courts against the Turkish president. Aydoğan shared a message on his social media account saying that no one had wanted to receive the petition because it included Erdoğan’s name. He said he had been taken to and held in a special section of the courthouse with two plain-clothes police officers.

“What fear. Two plain-cloth police officers poise over me, and there’s dead silence at the office of the private secretary of special investigation,” Aydoğan said.

Aydoğan said police officers had taken his cell phone and arrested him. He was released after being was taken to the prosecutor’s office, he later tweeted.