Turkey detains nine women after protest against gender-based violence in Izmir

Nine women who attended a dance performance protesting against gender-based violence in Turkey’s third-largest province Izmir on Sunday were detained, a feminist group announced on Monday.

Nar Women’s Solidarity group on Monday announced the detention of the nine protestors on Twitter, using the popular hashtag #KadınlarıDeğilKatilleriDurdur (Stop Murderers Not Women).

“You cannot stop women’s rebellion to live freely and without fear that shook the earth,” Nar emphasized in the tweet.

Istanbul-based watchdog We Will End Femicides also informed on social media that arrest warrants were issued for another 25 women due to Sunday’s protest in Izmir against violence on women.

“After the #LasTesis protest by thousands of women in Izmir yesterday, arrest warrants were issued for 25 women today, and they were called in for a statement. You can’t stop thousands, millions of women,” they tweeted.

Turkish police previously intervened in similar protests in Istanbul and Ankara, where women staged a performance that involves standing in long lines dancing and chanting the words of a feminist anthem called A rapist in your path by the Chilean feminist collective Las Tesis.

The song blames patriarchy for being responsible for the violence committed against women.

“The rapist is you. It’s the cops, the judges, the state, the president. The oppressive state is a rapist,” goes the song’s lyrics.

The feminist group initially staged the performance in front of Chile’s ministry for women’s rights and gender equality on November 25, prompting worldwide rallies by women against gender-based violence.

Suleyman Soylu, Turkey’s Interior Minister, has defended the police intervention in the protests that include the use of teargas and detention.

Referring to the anthem’s lyrics, he previously questioned: “Well forgive me, but when those dancing women call the state, police and judges ‘rapists’ and ‘killers,’ how are we supposed to deal with this?”

Displaying photos of the women who have been killed in Turkey, female Turkish lawmakers also sang the Chilean feminist anthem in parliament.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Sera Kadigil held forth that Turkey became “the only country that requires parliamentary immunity to perform this protest.”

Since the beginning of 2019, more than 400 women have been killed by men in Turkey, with most of them being murdered by their intimate partners.

Women’s organizations demand Turkey’s Law No. 6284 on the Protection of Family and Prevention of Violence Against Women as well as the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence to be effectively enforced in the country.

Turkish police detain women protesting against gender-based violence in capital

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