Nov 26 2017

Women marched against violence, under state of emergency

More than 1,000 women marched on Istanbul's main pedestrian avenue, Istiklal, near Taksim Square for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, ABC reported.

The march was officially banned under the state of emergency rules, issued after the July 2016 coup attempt. The heavy security caused a tense atmosphere before the protest evet.

Turkish police told group that the march would not be allowed, but the women persisted, ABC said.

But women protesters still did not walk the entire avenue, planned for the march, after a further police barricade stopped them. There, a spokesperson for the group read a statement to the media, quoted by ABC as saying that women faced violence from "husbands, fathers, lovers, ex-lovers, teachers, clients, police officers."

Protesters hold placards as they march during a demonstration to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, 2017, in Istanbul. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
Protesters hold placards as they march during a demonstration to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, 2017, in Istanbul. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL

Çilem Yağmur Çetiner, 19, said the women were demanding basic rights. She said "we want to live equally, no, we want to live."

After the statement, the group dispersed peacefully.

"Protests in Turkey have been especially restricted since 2013 after a wave of anti-government protests" ABC wrote.