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Turkish ex civil servant protesting in front of AKP building rearrested

Former public servant Cemal Yildirim who was dismissed from his profession through decrees issued by the ruling AK Party (AKP) has been detained by police for a second time during his protest in front of the party’s provincial building in the capital Ankara, T24 news portal reported on Tuesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP government issued a number of decrees during the two-year emergency rule that was declared in the aftermath of an attempted coup in July 2016.

Through the state-of-emergency decrees, the AKP has purged more than 125,000 people. These include public officers, journalists, politicians, businessmen, and artists due to their alleged connection to the failed putsch bid.

Yildirim previously announced that he will stage a one-man sit-in protest in front of the ruling AKP’s provincial building in Ankara for five consecutive days.

He said this would be to protest against his government-led dismissal from Turkey’s Ministry of Finance and Treasury.

“Everything about AKP is a lie. AKP is an exhausted political organization. They cannot even stand a few seconds of a silent sit-in that would have lasted for only an hour,” the ex-public officer said in a tweet following his brief detention on the first day of his protest on Monday.

Underlining that demanding a job to earn living is a legitimate right, Yildirim added: “I will be in front of AKP [provincial building] again tomorrow. We will win.”

Police officers on Tuesday detained Yildirim for a second time within the first few minutes of this protest on the second day, as soon as he held up a placard before the building.

“I want to seek my right,” Yildirim exclaimed.

But one of the police officers replied: “You cannot seek it here.”

Reacting to the incident on his official Twitter account, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu accused the government of applying double standards by not allowing people to use their right to hold protest in front of AKP building.

“Is staging a sit-in a terror [act]? It is forbidden to sit in front of the AKP Ankara building while it is allowed to sit another party’s building that the government desires. Look world, this is what law in Turkey looks like,” the lawmaker said.

Gergerlioglu referred to a recent protest by Kurdish mothers in front of an HDP provincial building in Diyarbakir, in which Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, as well as some Turkish celebrities, took part.

The protesters accuse the pro-Kurdish HDP of abducting Kurdish children to make them fighters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is labeled as a terrorist organization by the Turkish state.

PKK, an armed militant group, has been fighting an armed insurgency for the Kurdish self-rule in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish populated southeast since 1984.

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