Witch hunt in Turkey: Gezi Park Protesters’ Lawyers detained in the courthouse / Gezi Park Protests’ Voluntary Doctors Face Investigation!

Thousands of lawyers from bar associations across 12 cities have protested yesterday’s detention and beating of 44 lawyers in Istanbul Courthouse.

İstanbul – BIA News Desk
12 June 2013

Thousands of lawyers from bar associations in İstanbul, Ankara, Batman, Diyarbakır, Adana, Eskişehir, Bursa, Konya, Antep, Denizli, Aydın and İzmir have protested yesterday’s detention and beating of 44 lawyers in Istanbul Courthouse.

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Armored police officers intervened yesterday a group lawyers who were making a press statement on the steps of Istanbul Courthouse to protest the police violence in Taksim Square. Police detention took place as some protestor lawyer shouted slogans “Police out” and “Where is the prosecutor”. 44 lawyers have been detained by the police. Some lawyers have been reportedly battered with ripped coats and shirts.

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Police transferred detained lawyers to Istanbul Police Headquarters in Vatan Avenue. Detained lawyers have been released last night upon a prosecutor’s order.

A group of lawyers have also assembled in Istanbul Courthouse this morning, protesting the police violence and forceful detention of their colleagues.

At 12:30 pm local time, Contemporary Lawyers Association and Libertarian Lawyers Association made a joint press statement at Gate C.

The statement reminded courthouses to be workplaces of lawyers and urged not to have police presence in court corridors.

At 1pm local time, Istanbul Bar Association made a press statement condemning the “police violence and unlawful detention of lawyers”.

In Ankara hundreds of lawyers assembled in Atatürk Boulevard and marched towards Kızılay Square – downtown Ankara. Other bar association across İzmir, Batman and Diyarbakır also organized demonstration to support lawyers in Istanbul. (AS/BM)

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Gezi Park Protests’ Voluntary Doctors Face Investigation!

Health Ministry Audit submitted an official statement to Chamber of Medicines Administration, saying that it launched investigations on doctors of Gezi Park for “treating those who were attending an illegal protest”.

İstanbul – BIA News Desk
14 June 2013

Health Ministry Audit submitted an official statement to Chamber of Medicines Administration, saying that it launched investigations on doctors of Gezi Park – a group of volunteer doctors who made the first aid to dozens of injured protestors due to police violence and saved lives.

Health Ministry claimed that Gezi Park protests were “illegal”:

“Departing from a statement released by Istanbul Chamber of Medicines, the ministry observed certain information and statistics on medical interventions to those who are wounded in illegal protests and treated by a group of self-organized and voluntary doctors  in so-called infirmaries.”

Even the ministry claimed that it detected those “voluntary infirmaries”, voluntary doctors and Chamber of Medicines already announced their existence previously.

Ministry asked doctors names

Health Ministry submitted the following questions to Chamber of Medicines Administration:  * Why did you not seek permission from Health Ministry on the medical practices and “voluntary infirmary” service coordinated by your chamber?

* For what reason did you come up with your own medical teams when Health Ministry’s medical staff and ambulances were already positioned during the events in Taksim?

* Who worked in the voluntary infirmaries? What are the duties, competences and titles of these individuals? How did you make sure that these individuals were competent and permitted to make medical interventions?

* What medical records have these “health volunteers” take and what is legal ground of these registries? Your website mentions “Judicial Phenomena Preliminary Evaluation and Documentation”. What is the legal ground of this process?

* Have patients been put through surgical interventions? If yes, are there any registries?

* How many patients were admitted and treated in these voluntary infirmaries? Are there any medical records? What are the names of admitted patients? Did you share this information with the ministry?

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