Turkey: Listen to the Saturday Mothers

Since May 1995 relatives of those who have “disappeared” in police custody have been holding a weekly vigil in Istanbul. Although the vigil has always been accompanied by police harassment it is only since May 1998 that the repression has escalated to the extent of preventing the continuation of the protest. This report gives details of some of the incidents of police violence and shows how they have consistently failed to investigate the “disappearances” in a thorough manner.

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