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Six Turkish policemen have committed suicide since the Gezi Park protests started, according the police union Emniyet-Sen head Faruk Sezer. DAILY NEWS photo / Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Six Turkish policemen have committed suicide since the Gezi Park protests started, according the police union Emniyet-Sen head Faruk Sezer. DAILY NEWS photo / Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Six Turkish policemen have committed suicide since the Gezi Park protests started, according the police union Emniyet-Sen head Faruk Sezer.

Police forces have been targeted by heavy criticism over their excessive use of force and practices of brutality amid clashes, but Sezer claimed the forces too have been suffering extensively by being forced to work under severe conditions.

Policemen who have been drafted in from other cities have been sleeping on benches, shields or cardboard due to a lack of accommodation provided to them by state authorities, Sezer added.

“The violence you see at the end is the reflection of the violence suffered by the policemen. They are not just subjected to violence by protesters, but by 120-hour consecutive working periods, stale bread and food. The police are already subjected to violence within the establishment,” Sezer said.

Sezer said any disrespect toward policemen, chiefs and police force systems would naturally end when citizens see the policemen sleeping on the floor or on their shields.

“We burn inside when we see those pictures [of police sleeping in difficult conditions]. As a union, the first thing we will do once the Gezi protests end is to take those photos and the rest of the evidence to file a criminal complaint with the prosecutor. I tell you, to put the policemen in those conditions is the same as treason to the country,” Sezer said.

June/09/2013

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Ata Dizdar

6/13/2013 7:28:06 PM

Kazkaz beat me to it. The police are full of Gulenists, so a few killing themselves off is no problem. They are just as bad the the AKP government. As for respect towards police officers, nobody respects those with a badge because they always abuse their power. There are a good amount of people who approve of police being killed, because of such power abuse. Gezi Park and Taksim Square must smell of bacon because of the pigs in the police force in Turkey.

mara mcglothin

6/11/2013 6:54:51 PM

ERIC I guess it is in how you define children? Most of the people I know who are there are in their 40s and 50s!!!!

Eric Martin

6/11/2013 1:28:41 AM

This is why Erogan should put down this illegal leftist hooligan activity fast. Terrible to hear of these suicide. Makes no sense. @Fred Doyle. What are you talking about ? You think they're protesting the economy? Do you even know the history of the economy under Erdogan? Of course you don't, probably typing on your computer from Greece.

Fred Doyle

6/10/2013 10:25:14 PM

@eric Arrogant rich kids? If all these kids were rich, then no one would be protesting. @engin you really believe that AKP/RTE is capable of reflection. Upon reflection, they would probably use MORE violence against these atheist and alcoholics.

Thessalonian

6/10/2013 4:04:45 PM

Perhaps they could not reconcile in their conscience the brutality with which they inflicted pain and suffering upon peaceful protesters. The photo of the policeman dousing the young and beautiful woman in the red dress with pepper spay comes to mind... Regards

Eric Martin

6/10/2013 1:01:19 PM

See how much trouble these arrogant rich kids are doing. They probably also hurt the economy.

MuratKaz Kaz

6/10/2013 4:47:16 AM

Polis is Gulencis, this article is bogus propaganda to counter attack the negative reports of polis brutality. Pass the sympathy please..from Gezi protestors to polis.

Tekion Particle

6/10/2013 3:05:00 AM

He is pulling your leg. If there was such thing RTE would be talking about nothing else to galvanise and rally people behind him.

alexis harvey

6/9/2013 9:58:53 PM

this is very sad but it doesn't say why they committed suicide. it could be about anything. also this union guy should have spoken up about the dire conditions of the police before. that is his job after all.

Michael Johnson

6/9/2013 9:57:02 PM

I'd like to know what the suicide rate of police was before this event. From what I've seen in the past, suicides have been up across the spectrum of Turkish society, mainly due to financial problems related to the easy credit extended by the banks, and their inability to pay. This may be opportunistic at best.
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