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A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask poses during the protests in Gezi. Daily News Photo / Emrah Gürel

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask poses during the protests in Gezi. Daily News Photo / Emrah Gürel

Almost 300 children were taken into custody and one child was wounded by a bullet over the course of the Gezi Park demonstrations, according to a report.

The report by the Gündem Çocuk ("Children on the Agenda") Association covered violations of children’s rights between May 28 and June 25.

According to the report, a minimum of 294 children were taken into custody during the protests. The number of children detained was 78 in Ankara, 35 in Istanbul, 130 in Adana, 34 in İzmir, two in Kayseri and 15 in Mersin. The report also consisted of cases where children were exposed to tear gas, pressurized water and noise bombs, and some in which they were beaten with batons. Some were taken into unregistered custody and were subject to handcuffing and profiling.

The report stated that some children in custody were held within the scope of the fight against terrorism.

Remarkably, the report suggested there was also a case in which a child was wounded by a bullet. It said a 17-year-old high school student was wounded by a bullet in the back in Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 1. In a police proceeding recorded upon the event, it was noted that the bullet was sent to the related unit for ballistic inquiry. Soon after, the family pressed charges against the public prosecutor’s office as the bullet was found to have come from the police.


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Tekir Feline

6/27/2013 10:26:28 PM

And the Turkish PM proud of a police fighting children. Real heroes, really. Both the Gov. and the police are disgusting.

Brit in Turkey

6/27/2013 8:55:53 PM

Brian: Your definition of "dangerous enemies" also applies to many grown-ups! 8-)

savica savica

6/27/2013 8:47:32 PM

Erdogan is a sick man! And akp is a fascist party that must disappear from politics.

Tekion Particle

6/27/2013 8:39:18 PM

This is a state terrorism against minors and people alike. AKP goons including the dictator himself should be held accountable, arrested and brought to justice when the government change hands in the next general elections. These thugs must have been abused or bullied when they were young.

mara mcglothin

6/27/2013 3:50:38 PM

How very sad.

Brian Irlanda

6/27/2013 1:37:13 PM

Let me try Andrea! Yes, children are very dangerous enemies. After all it is children that always want to play in the parks! They are the real trouble makers. They arrive at the park, they want to run around on the grass, feed the birds, swing violently back and forth on swings and kick footballs, sit on the benches, shout with joy and happiness, have picnics and all manner of dangerous dissident activities. They must be stopped now! :-)

Leon Williams

6/27/2013 1:19:59 PM

Agree with you both Wakinyan and andrea. Can't express myself enough.

filippo aleati

6/27/2013 12:29:14 PM

funny to notice is that Turkey celebrates the Children's Day every year on 23th April....

Tayyar Abi

6/27/2013 6:21:10 AM

The AKP and the police must be very proud that they have collared these dangerous malcontents.

andrea dealmagro

6/27/2013 5:40:47 AM

It is impossible to comment on this in a manner acceptable to the guidelines of the HDN.
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