December 2, 2017
Turkish police have intervened into a protest organised by journalists and lawyers in İstanbul to show solidarity with the jailed journalists and lawyers in Turkey on Saturday.
A group of free journalists has organised a protest under the banner of “We Have a Say” in Kadıköy district of İstanbul. However, İstanbul police have not allowed the group, consists of journalists, lawyers and academics, to rally to show their solidarity with their imprisoned colleagues.
The group, which has chanted “justice now”, “freedom now, immediately”, “shoulder to shoulder against OHAL (the rule of emergency)”, “Nuriye and Semih are not alone”, has also made a press statement during the demonstration.
It was stated in the statement that “We have a promise to peace, truth and justice. Fascism starts when the freedom of expression is over.” The group has also requested freedom to the imprisoned journalists.
It is said in the statement, read by the journalist Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, that “We pass through difficult times. We know that the most curing medicine of such hard times is to walk together hand in hand, arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder. That is why we resist against all suppressions which aim at reducing our passion for peace and freedom, and to blind our conscience and our sense of justice.”