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Mücella Yapıcı (C) has been prominent in Turkey’s nationwide Gezi Park protests and was detained along with other members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform on charges of “leading a crime syndicate,” but was released on July 11. DHA Photo

Mücella Yapıcı (C) has been prominent in Turkey’s nationwide Gezi Park protests and was detained along with other members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform on charges of “leading a crime syndicate,” but was released on July 11. DHA Photo

Mücella Yapıcı, the head of the Chamber of Architecture and a leading figure in the Taksim Solidarity Platform, revealed the horrifying procedure of her detention and release while giving her defense testimony at Istanbul’s Çağlayan courthouse.

Yapıcı has been prominent in Turkey’s nationwide Gezi Park protests and was detained along with other members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform on charges of “leading a crime syndicate,” but was released on July 11.
 
“I was undressed by police, they bent me over, and they made me cough. I am 62-years-old, I was searched naked. I was harassed, I saw young girls being abused. They did not let us go to the toilet,” she said in her testimony, according to Doğan News Agency.

“I was in Taksim Square, I was detained. They surrounded us, they tried to detain my daughter by pulling her hair. I would not let them,” Yapıcı stated.

“I am accused of directing this movement. This is an honor for me and I accept even serving a lifetime for this, but that would be unfair for our people,” she added.

Her defense was listened to by a large crowd of volunteer lawyers, journalists in the courtroom, and they reported her words over social media.

Yapıcı suffers from several chronic diseases are uses 12 different pills for her illnesses, Turkish Medical Association (TTB) president Ahmet Özdemir Aktan told the Hürriyet Daily News when she was detained. In her defense, she stated that her medicine was not given on time.

The panel of judges ruled that there was no concrete evidence for the arrest of her and six others charged with “establishing an illegal organization to commit crime,” including Istanbul Medical Chamber General Secretary Ali Çerkezoğlu.

The police report previously claimed that the platform had managed all the protests across the country, based on documents allegedly seized during the search of Yapıcı’s house.

July/12/2013

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Engin Atik

7/15/2013 11:16:47 AM

@Suleyman:I think you are trolling. I wrote a post earlier along the same lines which was more to the point but it did not pass through the HDN moderator filter.

suleyman

7/14/2013 8:36:46 AM

She may look peaceful, but if her supporters are vandalising and looting the cities across Turkey, which they have clearly done, than she needs to be accountable. Police should actually use more force against the protestors, If peoples taxes are been looted and vandalised, than of course they should be held accountable.

marie jeanne cloudsoveristanbul

7/14/2013 5:39:51 AM

Scandi Navian : thanks for the suppllement of legal info. I was not on the wrong foot though as I only assume police officers pressed some trumped up charges,,,,to be allowed to perform such an intrusive search. My post was too short as I wanted also to enquire about the "girls" being abused. Too little or too much was said. But I was not digressing.

Mike Newman

7/13/2013 7:21:42 PM

Mücella Yapıcı's allegations are very serious. If "the panel of judges ruled that there was no concrete evidence for the arrest of her and six others," the whole Turkish Nation should protest against that brutality. What is that panel of judges (the court) going to to about the police who committed that brutality? As the old saying goes "The foundation of the country is justice." The court's decision will define the justice or lack of it in the country.

Brit in Turkey

7/13/2013 7:13:21 PM

Her problem is that she is wearing a red dress. 8-) But seriously she is a brave woman. Any poster here who thinks that police behaviour like this is normal should get out of Turkey more often (or for a first time?) and they might just find that it is not so.

american american

7/13/2013 6:30:14 PM

dutcheuropean obviously likes taking his clothes off for the police. we know holland is liberal, but sheesh....

Engin Atik

7/13/2013 6:29:48 PM

I salute Mücella Yapıcı for her mental strength, courage, leadership and intellectual creativity. Turkish women will never accept being second class citizens.

ege capulcu mustafa

7/13/2013 5:11:15 PM

Suleyman Ozyurek, where have you studied western democratic society. In any western society she would have been lauded in the media and been on scores of TV shows to express her ideas. It is not a crime in the west to oppose the government of the day and any heavy handed operations by the police force, as at Taxim and elsewhere, would have led to governmental resignations by now. But in Turkey there are no men of honour in the government ranks.

Scandi Navian

7/13/2013 4:39:25 PM

Marie Jeanne: You get off on the wrong foot here. Body cavity search is something you do when you have reason to assume that the detained is hiding illegal substances, weapons or the like. It is NOT common in EU and US unless for high risk prisoners and drug trafficking suspects. For the given case (if such search happened), it would be an extra-judicial (illegal) "punishment" imposed as a warning before releasing the detained with no charges.

DutchTurk JANICAR

7/13/2013 3:46:41 PM

So what, you being arrested is not the worst thing that happened in Turkey the past 5 weeks. Thoroughly searching people (including taking out all clothes) is just part of daily practice at the police department in Turkey and else where on this planet. So cut the drama. All Chappuling has a consequence, just accept it.
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