LOCAL > Turkish court releases ‘men with machetes’ who attacked Gezi Protesters

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The footage was recorded moments after police intervened with tear gas and water cannon at Taksim Square. It took place in the Talimhane area, adjacent to the square, where dozens of touristic hotels are located. DHA photo

The footage was recorded moments after police intervened with tear gas and water cannon at Taksim Square. It took place in the Talimhane area, adjacent to the square, where dozens of touristic hotels are located. DHA photo

An Istanbul court has released four men who were detained on allegations of attacking Gezi Park protesters with machetes on July 6, pending trial.

A prosecutor had sent the four suspects to court on charges that they “intended to injure and resisted commissioned officers” after videos emerged showing them attacking protesters with machetes.

One man with a machete, identified as S.Ç., was seen kicking a woman in the back while holding a machete in his hand, hours after police staged a heavy-handed attack on Gezi protesters on July 6.

The footage was recorded in the Talimhane area, next to Taksim Square, where a dozen touristic hotels are located.

Following the broadcasting of the footage, Istanbul Gov. Hüseyin Avni Mutlu said via Twitter that two people involved in the attacks with machetes had been detained. “Our police will continue to do their duty with care and rigor against such attacks,” Mutlu wrote on July 6. Security forces had been criticized for not intervening to prevent the machete-wielding attackers.

S.Ç. was summoned to the police station for testimony and remains in custody, reports said. He is a local shopkeeper who is struggling under a 600,000-Turkish Lira debt, daily Milliyet reported. He was was quoted as saying that he lost the money because of the ongoing Gezi Park protests.

The man had previously been detained for kidnapping a woman, after which he gave testimony to the anti-narcotic police.

Turkish social media users launched several hash tags demanding to learn the identity of the attacker and the police officers who ignored his attacks.

S.Ç.’s full name and identity details, even his house address, was immediately shared on social media.

Protesters had gathered on July 7 to retake Gezi Park, following a decision by the Istanbul 1st Regional Court to cancel plans to raze the green space and replace it will a mall, but authorities refused to permit any demonstrations in the Taksim area.


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7/8/2013 6:55:57 PM

True Turk, says "made in China" at the bottom...

american american

7/8/2013 6:14:28 PM

zeynel, i am glade you think it is ok to attack anyone with a large blade on the street. you help show the world why religious governments do not work. thank you for doing more than the protesters can!

Ata Dizdar

7/8/2013 5:10:46 PM

To True Turk, I'm a Turk who was born and raised in the US (thankfully), and I have interests in what's going on in the "old country" if you will. The fact that you decide to write that truly exhibits what kind of backward country Turkey is currently, and probably will continue to be with the AKP around. The fact that these guys with machetes get released immedately, while political prisoners and journalists are jailed without trial, shows that Turkey is messed up.


7/8/2013 4:15:16 PM

In another place and in another country, he would have been shot on the spot. Ain't this a great country? Police pepper sprays women and children but ax wielding maniacs get a pass. Our brave policemen are only brave against defenseless girls in red dresses. Erdogan should give them medals asap.

Irish Rover

7/8/2013 1:25:17 PM

@True Turk - you can resent all you want - that's called freedom of expression in Democracy. Just because some commentators don't have Turkish names doesn't imply that their not interested in Turkey or its future. I'm not of Turkish origin but I live and pay my taxes here - as do many others that are married to Turks, work in Turkey or have friends here.

Seas Carepicha

7/8/2013 10:45:47 AM

@Brit in Turkey, No one really looks Turkish in Istanbul but then again, everyone does. Hell, people think I'm Turkish and get confused when I tell them I'm not. Some even get offended because they think I'm denying it! Good times.


7/8/2013 10:25:01 AM

future of turkey :(


7/8/2013 10:00:52 AM

There is only one course of action to be taken with these criminals, and especially for the cretin who kicked the women in the back. He should be paraded (like in medaeval times) in front of a crowd, and the lady victim be allowed to drop kick the twit in the back. This would ensure 2 things: 1) he experiences the same fear of what it feels like to be helpless and frightened whilst being attacked by an armed individual, and 2) public humiliation of a coward for all to see and identify...

zeynel truth

7/8/2013 4:23:24 AM

well they are releasing thousands of protesters and they should have been arresting all them illegal protesters, so it is fair and people on this site are very one sided.

american american

7/8/2013 4:15:46 AM

sue the police and the akp for not cracking down or speaking out against these guys for harming the turkish nation
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